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Hondo and Fabian

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  1,016 ratings  ·  142 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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.

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Luann
Dec 14, 2008 Luann rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Dolly
Jan 06, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Cute story about the lives of two household pets. Demonstrates the differences between cats and dogs, and yet also shows how similar they can be. It also subtly highlights the love we have for them. Nice illustrations, kind of a fuzzy watercolor style.
Samantha
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 f ...more
Jesse Lasarte
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 b ...more
Bethany
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
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John Sullivan
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 sin ...more
Monica!
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.
Tanya
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 simil ...more
Karen
My 5 year old's favorite bedtime story. Simple text. Beautiful illustrations -- calm, sweet pictures of a plump dog and cat.
RH Walters
The radiant drawings are a 5, but the story is very boring.
Stephanie
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
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David
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
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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-
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Jamie
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
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Logan
I read this to Logan many times when he was 4 and 5. He asked to read it again last night. He's almost 10. He remembered it from before(which is unusual)and commented how different it is to read it now that he's older. He said he didn't really understand the story before. I'm not sure what he meant; it's a pretty simple story. But whether he was 4, 5, or 10, he enjoyed it. Very sweet, dreamy illustrations.
Angela Marie
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
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 windo ...more
Paul Farbman
Mar 04, 2014 Paul Farbman rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Preschool - Kindergarten
Recommended to Paul by: Terry Benton
The pencil and watercolor illustrations utilized in this book are of a simple quality to match the storyline. The text follows some of the activities of a household dog and cat. Everything in the illustrations has a soft edge and flows together. Different hues of colors appear within other colors, giving the illustrations a unique quality.
Barbara
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 illustr ...more
Brittany
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
Amy Foster
Can I say adorable? Loved the soft, simple, gentle feel of these illustrations. It's hard to find an illustrator that can do a style that is both soft and funny. The characters, though stylized in a fuzzy manner, maintained a certain amount of fun character.
Camille
Love the illustrations (pencil on watercolor paper) in this one and really love this simply-written story about a day in the life of the cat and dog, Fabian and Hondo.
I would pair this with Kevin Henkes A Good Day for an animal themed toddler storytime.
Meg McGregor
I love Hondo and I love Fabian but my favorite character is the little baby.

She looks just like the little girl I am watching now and she does the exact same thing when I take her to my home to see my dogs and cats!
Elizabeth Meadows
Beautiful illustrations along with a very sweet tale. I wanted more story than was provided, but recommend it nonetheless.
Ruby
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 wit ...more
Bree
Notes:
for ages 2-4? for this age group we prefer mostly realistic books with bright colors and this is neither
Doreen Platt
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 illust ...more
Kaethe
One needs more pretty pictures of a cat and a dog
Robert
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.
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