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Houndsley and Catina and Cousin Wagster

(Houndsley and Catina #5)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Does Catina like Houndsley's larger-than-life cousin more than she likes him? The charming friends return in this relatable tale.

When his cousin Wagster comes for a visit, Houndsley is excited. Wagster is all adventure and enthusiasm and razzle-dazzle, and all his friends love him. Even Catina thinks Wagster is fun and good at everything, and pretty soon Houndsley is start
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Candlewick Press

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I love the series Houndsley and Catina. All 4 previous books have been lovely. I love the soft tone of the characters and the easy way they have. This book didn’t fit into that as well. Cousin Wagster is a cool guy who comes in and likes to get things moving. He pulls everyone too him and shines brightly. Houndsley feels leftout and like he’s not as good. It is a good story, but we don’t get that gentle quality we got from the other books. This series is about respect and being kind and enjoying ...more
Linda Lipko
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Obtained through Library Thing ER, this is a delightful book about friendship. Houndsley and Catina are best friends. When his flamboyant, extra, extratrovert cousin Wagster comes for a visit, Houndsley becomes sad and threatened by Wagster's ability to charm Catina.

Appearing to do everything right, Houndsley feels threatened and jealous. Kind and sensitive Catina explains that the glow of Wagster will diminish and Houndsley will always keep that special place in her heart.

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Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Houndsley and Catina's friendship is tested when Houndsley's cousin comes to town and proves to be good at just about everything. Houndsley's more quiet nature leaves him feelings jealous and left out as Wagster charms everyone with his talents and adventures. But Catina proves her loyalty and reminds Houndsley that he too has his talents, they are just different and less showy. A tender story of friendship and family and the ups and downs that effect us all. Children are bound to relate to at l ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1st, 2nd, animals
Houndsley's charismatic cousin comes to visit, and Catina is very impressed. So much so that Houndsley is afraid she might not like him as much any more. Addresses common fears of best friends when a third comes along.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
When Houndsley's cousin Wagster visits everyone loves him. Houndsley feels very left out and invisible. Friendship prevails when his best friend Catina reminds Houndsley cousin Wagster is fun and different but he could never take Houndsleys place.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: easy-reader, animals
Who, as a kid at least, hasn't worried that your old friend will like your new friend more than they like you? That's what happens to Houndsley when his cousin Wagster comes to visit. Wagster is fun and exciting and has been to exotic places. It's no wonder that Houndsley's friend Catina likes Wagster so much! But Houndsley starts to feel left out and wonders if Catina likes him as much, or even wants to hang out with him anymore. Wagster wisely steps back and gives Houndsley a chance to tell Ca ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderfully humorous story teaching the value of friendship through diversity. The illustrations are beautiful, happy and warm in pastel colors. Each main character is most memorable and funny in their own special way, especially the cousin who sparkles. All ages will adore and relate to Cousin Wagster with his demonstrative personality. The storyline draws you in with all the dynamic changes in relationships and keeps your attention from start to finish. The struggles with insecurity ...more
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