Synopses & Reviews
Anna had a dozen cousins
All of them were boys.
What's life like for one little girl with TWELVE male cousins? Not easy! "They read her secret diary. They used up all her paint. They put a lizard in her hat to see if she would faint." Loaded with infectious humor, this rollicking, rhyming picture book features a happy heroine who adores her big, boisterous boy family.
andldquo;Annaandrsquo;s 12 cousins are mischievous young boys who cheerfully target her with their pranks. As the rhyming text reveals, and#39;Her skirt became a teepee, / her bear, a wrecking ball. / They launched a rocket into space. / The astronaut? Her doll.and#39; Even the boysandrsquo; occasional hugs put them in the perfect position for dropping ice down her back. Is she upset? Hardly. Resourceful Anna often sees whatandrsquo;s coming next and sometimes even turns the tables on the boys. Short, amusing verses create a narrative structure for the ongoing tomfoolery and ultimate camaraderie in this lively picture book. Ink drawings with color washes portray unflappable Anna and her multicultural group of cousins with energy and warmth. The many close-ups of chaotic horseplay give way to a calmer scene near the end, when the arrival of an ice cream truck brings a welcome truce. A witty picture book that reads aloud well.andrdquo; andmdash;Booklist
Waggy dog, shaggy dog, doggies in a bunch. Floppy dog, sloppy dog, doggies eating lunch. Kids will love this bouncy, colorful book, bursting with every kind of dog imaginable!
About the Author
and#160;Lori Haskins Houran has published 14 books for young readers, including Too Many Dogs, Too Many Cats, and Ducks in Muck (all Random House), which was an ALA/Booklist Top Ten Easy Reader. Her two most recent books came out in Spring 2013, I Will Keep You Safe and Sound (Scholastic) and Dig Those Dinosaurs (Whitman). A Dozen Cousins is autobiographicalandmdash;Lori grew up with tons of cousins, and her kids have too. Lori lives in Palm Beach, FL. Visit her online at lorihaskinshouran.com.and#160;and#160;and#160;Sam Usher lives in London. His debut picture book Can You See Sassoon? (Little Tiger Press) earned many accolades in England: It was long-listed for the Greenaway Medal, and short-listed for the andldquo;Read it Again!andrdquo; award, the Red House Childrenand#39;s Book Award, and the Waterstones Childrenand#39;s Book Prize. Sam has recently relocated from Chew Magna, near Bristol, to Windsor, near the Queen. A Dozen Cousins is his second picture book. Visit Sam online at samusher.com