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Hondo and Fabian

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  1,483 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
Hondo the dog has a fun day at the beach while Fabian the cat stays home.

" Wake up, Hondo. Time to go!"
Hondo will have an adventure.
Fabian will stay home.

A dog named Hondo and his friend Fred are going to the beach for a day of excitement. Fabian the cat is left behind at home to play with the baby. Who will cause more trouble? And who will have more fun?

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Paperback, 40 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Square Fish (first published April 1st 2002)
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Lisa Vegan
Dec 26, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat & dog lovers and very young children
The paintings are gorgeous and unusual, and fun. I particularly like the one where the cat is playing in the bathroom.

This is a very spare and simple story with few words that is suitable for the youngest child. There isn’t that much to the story but it rings so true and it’s charming.

There are 4 characters: Hondo the dog, Fabian the cat, Fred the dog who’s Hondo’s friend, and a toddler/baby.

This author-illustrator obviously knows dogs and cats because he captured them so perfectly.

I think very
Dec 14, 2008 Luann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents to share with very young children and all dog and cat lovers
It is very apparent that Hondo and Fabian are a real dog and cat. Peter McCarty has captured the essence of "dog" and "cat" perfectly using very few words and very nice illustrations. Dog goes on an adventure. Cat stays home. Dog runs into the ocean waves. Cat runs from baby. My favorite picture is of the cat having fun in the bathroom unrolling the toilet paper. I recommend this for parents to share with very young children and all dog and cat lovers.
Jesse Lasarte
Mar 04, 2013 Jesse Lasarte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I thought this book was well illustrated and the characters (Hondo and Fabian) were designed well. That is, Hondo and Fabian are chubby and cute. Also, as a parent, I thought McCarty's illustration of the child carrying the cat was true to form. I've found that most children enjoy books about cats and dogs. However, the only criticism I have of the story is that it is not meant for all types of children. Specifically, I don't think this book is meant for children that are 7-years-old and above ...more
Jun 02, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dog and cat spend their days in much the same way. Every other page focuses on either the dog or the cat and in one sentence explains how they are spending their day. Each part of their stories is presented in a two page spread where the sentence describing the action appears on its own page and a full color illustration appears on the other. The pictures are soft and muted and look like what I think a memory would resemble if it were illustrated. The positions the dog and cat assume and the ...more
Jul 19, 2007 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrenslit
A day in the life of a dog and cat comes full circle as they begin a sleepy morning, have adventures, and end the day just as sleepy and comfortable as they started. Their adventures are different--Hondo goes to the beach to meet another dog friend while Fabian puts up with small children (getting some toilet-paper rolling in the meantime)--but they each return to their favorite spots in the evening.

The illustrations are soft and gentle in neutral browns and tans. Although I don't usually care f
Richard Ward
A picture storybook for very small children, it would make an OK bedtime story, I guess. The illustrations are nice but there are not nearly enough of them. Half the pages have no illustration at all. The story is also far too slight, even for a children's book. The book was awarded the Caldecott Silver but I'm not sure it deserved it. As an animal lover myself I like it that the author immortalized his two beloved pets in this way, but I'm frustrated that there is so little to the book. ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finn-wren, read-aloud
A new favorite around these parts. Hondo and Fabian represent their canine and feline families to perfection, and the story of interspecies friendship hits just the right note. Very nice for reading aloud. Also, it doesn't hurt that the baby in the book bears a very strong resemblance to my own little pill :) We got this from the library but will be getting our own copy in short order. Very much recommended.
Jubilation Lee
Too soft and fuzzy a book for me to use as a story time option, this was still an adorable little we-can-be-friends-but-do-different-things adventure. I especially liked fat fat Fabian enjoying his day by unrolling an entire roll of toilet paper. Also his expression as he was "played with" by a toddler. Poor Fabian.
Dec 24, 2008 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
My 5 year old's favorite bedtime story. Simple text. Beautiful illustrations -- calm, sweet pictures of a plump dog and cat.
May 30, 2015 Krystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabian is wonderful. He gives no shits and does his own thing.
RH Walters
The radiant drawings are a 5, but the story is very boring.
Cara Achterberg
Oct 12, 2016 Cara Achterberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
This is one of my all-time favorite children's book. I think I read it at least 1,000 times to my youngest son (it was his favorite, too).
Aug 12, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty is a sweet book about two pets. Hondo the dog has a fun day at the beach while Fabian the cat stays home.

McCarthy writes, with wit, about one day in the life of Hondo and Fabian. Hondo sticks his head out the car window on the way to the beach. At the beach Hondo runs on the sand and plays in the surf with his dog friend Fred. Hondo wishes he could eat a fish. At last he comes home.

Fabian sits in a chair, is carried around by the baby, and runs away from the ba
Emily Allen
Hondo the dog, and Fabian the cat are family pets and good friends. When Hondo is taken to the beach for fun with Fred, Fabian stays at home and plays with the baby. Although they are apart, they have a great day and reunite in the evening for dinner and their bedtime. This book won the Caldecott Honor in 2003.

This book has a lexile of 180 for adult directed. Some of the syntax is advanced but the structure is great for 1st grade and below. Reading this on their own, this would be best for 2nd-
Stephanie H (My Bookish Itinerary)
A cute book. I like that even though Hondo and Fabian are not going to the same place, they are having similar adventures.
Hondo goes to the beach and plays with Fred. They dive in the water, have fun, and he wishes he could eat.
While Hondo is at the beach Fabian is at home. He plays with the baby, dives for the door, has his own fun, and wishes he could eat a turkey sandwich. Then Hondo comes home and they have dinner. They go to their favorite places near each other and go to sleep.
It is a cute
Dec 29, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hondo and Fabian are two loveable pets based on real animals. Hondo is the family dog and Fabian is the family cat. This book features the adventures of the two pets during an average day. Hondo gets to go to the beach to play with another doggy friend, and Fabian gets to have mischievous fun around the house. At the end of the day, Hondo and Fabian curl up in their favorite spots together and fall asleep for the night.
The illustrations are wonderful. Hondo and Fabian are drawn in pencil, but a
Angela Marie
Oct 16, 2013 Angela Marie rated it it was ok
Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty is a simple story about a dog named Hondo and a cat named Fabian and how they spend their day. It tells the story of how Hondo gets to go to the beach, but Fabian has to stay home all day. At the end of the day they get back together and eat dinner together and end up in their favorite spots together. I would not choose this story for a read aloud with any grade because it is a very simple story. I do not think the plot would hold any young child's attention for ...more
Cari Mcintyre
Jul 09, 2012 Cari Mcintyre rated it really liked it
Hondo and Fabian is a story about two pets a Dog named Hondo and a cat named Fabian. They live in a house together and are close friends. The story chronicles the day in the life of both Hondo and Fabian as they live very different lives. Hondo the dog, is taken on a adventure to run and play with his friend ont the beach while Fabian stays inside and creates mischief within the house. Although they lead different lives, they also come back to the same cozy spot together with Fabian on the ...more
A pet lovers delight, this lovely picture book depicts perfectly the parallel lives of two well-loved family pets. While Hondo spends the day at the beach frolicking with his family and a dog friend, Fabian also has fun, hanging out with the baby and longing for a turkey sandwich. I love how the picture book starts and ends at the same place with the two animals sleeping on their favorite spots or as the author writes, "...full and fat, in their favorite places once again" (unpaged). The ...more
Feb 09, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought Hondo & Fabianwas a very charming little book. It is the story of a day with Hondo the dog and Fabian the cat. Hondo gets to go to the beach to play while Fabian stays at home to play with the baby. We see Hondo playing with his friend and running along the beach while Fabian is at home running from the baby. They dream about lunch, Hondo wishes for some fish and Fabian a turkey sandwich. At the end of the day they are happy to be back together again at home and fall asleep in thei ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Tanya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We picked up this book as part of my daughter's pre-K curriculum (homeschooled). To be honest, she wasn't exactly thrilled with it. The pictures were nice, but they were not vivid or bright enough to catch the attention of the child. Hondo and Fabian are a dog and cat in a family. Hondo takes a little outing in a car to the beach to spend a day playing with a friend (another dog), while Fabian stays home and plays with the child of the family. We talked about dogs and cats, differences and ...more
Kristine Hansen
The illustrations of this book are so soft that they just give you the warm fuzzies. I can see why this one made it to Caldecott Honor level. Not perfect, but enough to make one happy reading it. But I'm dropping this book a couple of stars just because the story was rather...blah? I felt for Fabian. I wanted to start this review with a statement of how much life just sucks sometimes because that's the general feeling I got here...Hondo gets a day out at the beach playing with friends while ...more
Drew Graham
Jul 27, 2016 Drew Graham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
As the Goodreads summary states, "Hondo the dog has a fun day at the beach while Fabian the cat stays home." And that's about it.

I don't know, I guess I just don't really get Peter McCarty. His art is really appealing, all soft and gauzy and pleasant, but the storytelling just doesn't do anything. I guess this book is a study in contrasts and personality types, but it really just describes some actions and then it's over (with a kind of random P.S.). I don't know, it was fine and The Boy (3) lik
A nice bedtime story book for young pre-readers. The pictures are sweet, soft and gentle, and just a little reminiscent of Chris VanAllsburg in style. The title characters are based upon the authors real life pets. There actions are all captured vividly and realistically and they act as a real dog and cat would. Their adventures continue in Fabian Escapes.
Doreen Platt
Oct 08, 2011 Doreen Platt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author/illustrator Peter McCarty's 'Hondo and Fabian,' a 2003 Caldecott Honor Book, is simple in both text and illustration. This simplicity allows children to add to the story themselves, making for a wonderfully rich reading experience. Hondo gets to go to the beach with his friend, Fred, while Fabian has to stay home with the baby. What adventures will each experience? Who will have the most fun? And more importantly, who will cause the most trouble? 'Hondo and Fabian' is a beautifully ...more
John Sullivan
Apr 16, 2013 John Sullivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I really enjoyed reading Hondo & Fabian. The characteristics of each animal are realistic: Hondo, the dog, goes to the beach and is active, while Fabian, the cat, stays home and is mischievous. The illustrations are well done, and supplement the text. Hondo & Fabian is actually a very funny book that made me laugh several times while reading it. Younger students would love to read this and look at the pictures of the two animals. This story would be great to share during a read aloud ...more
Children's Book Academy
Hondo and Fabian is a delightful book that follows two household pets, a dog and a cat, as their days go about very different paths. Hondo's canine energy is clearly evident in his adventures, while Fabian makes no effort to hide his markedly feline personality traits. The illustrations have a soft color and feel that add to the mischievous and fun-loving energy that Hondo and Fabian bring to their story. For more on Hondo and Fabian, visit Mondays with Mandy or Mira.
Sep 16, 2013 Ruby added it
This book was something I really wanted to read with my brother. It had a lot of simple words and sentences. But the only really interesting thing was the pictures. They were life like, and cartoon like at the same time. We both thought it was boring how it went through step by step the day of the animals. But a lot of people would like the story. Hondo and Fabian wake up and go their seperate ways. Hondo is a dog who has a fun packed day at the beach, while Fabian gets to stay home and play ...more
The media of this book is pencil and watercolor. This blend allows for a soft and blurred image that brings a unique texture to the pages. The soft images and use of colors brings contrast between the focal images and the background image. There are no defiant or harsh lines used, but the use of shading allows for dimension within the images. Having one image for every two pages really makes the reader focus on the image itself; because it is the only source of color throughout the book aside ...more
Feb 26, 2008 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: caregivers of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers
Recommended to Tiffany by: My friend Tanya, from internship
A sweet, peaceful story about 2 "sleepy pets in their favorite places." Hondo (the dog) gets a trip to the beach while Fabian (the cat) gets a chased around the house by the baby. Then they have dinner, and their off to sleep. Not a huge plot, but beautifully illustrated and it's a favorite that my girls have reached for again and again over the last 4 years. For us, it's been one of those stories that was simple enough for a babies, but endearing enough to carry through to the preschool years.
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I was born in 1966 in Westport, Connecticut right in the middle of two older brothers and two younger sisters. We kept our mother busy while my father worked long hours at IBM. Most of my childhood was spent in my head. I was usually recreating a battle from World War II or running from dinosaurs in prehistoric times. To this day, I develop characters and environments based on worlds I first ...more
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