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Iris and Walter and Cousin Howie
Guest, Elissa Haden.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, 2003.
Physical Description:
44 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Walter's favorite cousin is coming to visit, but Iris is disappointed when Howie does not turn out to be so great--or friendly--after all.
Reading Level:
340 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 71606.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.6 2 Quiz: 33849 Guided reading level: K.
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Walter is so excited that his favorite cousin, Howie, is coming to visit. He is sure that Iris will like Howie as much as he does. But nine year-old Howie has other plans . . . and none of them include Iris.

Author Notes

ELISSA HADEN GUEST is the award-winning author of the Iris and Walter series. She lives in San Francisco, California.

CHRISTINE DAVENIER is the acclaimed illustrator of many popular children's books, including The First Thing My Mama Told Me by Susan Marie Swanson, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. She lives in Paris.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. The sixth easy reader about best friends Iris and Walter has the same warmth and candor as the earlier titles. Walter's cousin Howie comes to visit. He's mean to Iris, who feels left out. Does she have to do everything with us? Howie whispers to Walter, and Iris hears him. As always, Iris' family is there for her, not only comforting her when she's hurt but also reassuring her that it's okay to dislike the mean visitor. The relaxed dialogue brings the daily drama up close, and the body language in the watercolor-splashed pen-and-ink illustrations expresses the kids' hostility, uneasiness, and joyful reunion. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Iris and Walter and Cousin Howie by Elissa Haden Guest, illus. by Christine Davenier, the sixth tale about the two best friends, Walter's favorite cousin Howie visits, and Iris can't wait to meet him. But bossy Howie won't teach her any magic tricks. Iris is miserable until Grandpa reminds her that she and Walter are still best friends-and points out another source for learning magic tricks. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Another installment in a popular series for beginning readers. Both Iris and Walter are eagerly awaiting Walter's cousin Howie's visit. But when the boy arrives, Iris feels left out. With help from her supportive family and an apologetic Walter, she realizes that their friendship is not threatened. Walter's conflicting feelings about his cousin and his reaction to Iris are clear in his facial expressions. The anticipation of the visit presents an interesting foil to the real Howie, who is not particularly friendly. Both the story and dialogue ring true and clearly capture the characters' feelings, while Davenier's pen-and-ink drawings add just the right amount of energy. A good choice for collections in which the other titles are popular and for children looking for an easy-to-read story about friendship.-Ellen M. Riordan, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1. Walter's Great Newsp. 6
2. Cousin Howiep. 14
3. Fishing Troublesp. 22
4. A Little Magicp. 32