The Resource Hondo & Fabian, written and illustrated by Peter McCarty

Hondo & Fabian, written and illustrated by Peter McCarty

Label
Hondo & Fabian
Title
Hondo & Fabian
Statement of responsibility
written and illustrated by Peter McCarty
Title variation
Hondo and Fabian
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Hondo the dog gets to go to the beach and play with his friend Fred, while Fabian the cat spends the day at home
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2003
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books: 2002
  • New York Times Notable Children's Book, 2002
Review
  • Ages 3-5. Hondo is a dog, and Fabian is a cat. As the family pets, they get along just fine, but their lives are quite different. Hondo gets to go to the beach; Fabian has to stay home, though he still manages to have some fun. Little ones will enjoy following Hondo as he runs through the waves, and Fabian, who makes his own good times by playing with the little girl of the house and unrolling the toilet paper. McCarty’s staccato text, one line to a page, captures a lot of action in a few words, but it is the pencil-on-watercolor-paper art that makes this so arresting. Each carefully shaded picture, in muted tones, has a smooth, solid look that is quite different from the art seen in numerous other picture books, where cartoons often reign supreme. The pictures here are sophisticated by comparison, but they have just as much child appeal as more raucous artwork. In addition, the message about making fun where one finds it is worth hearing. (Reviewed February 1, 2002) -- Ilene Cooper
  • PreS-Gr 1 –Two pets have a day devoid of excessive excitement. Simple pleasures amuse them as Hondo, the dog, plays at the beach with his puppy friend, while Fabian, the cat, stays home, eluding the family toddler and pulling toilet paper from the roll. Many easy-to-decipher, one-syllable words are repeated, giving children the opportunity to help with the reading. The few three-syllable words provide a challenge for the bold. The colored-pencil, selectively realistic illustrations are velvet-warm and fog-fuzzy. Hondo and Fabian have a gentle charm, and this amiable slice of life is a nice choice for bedtimes, for libraries needing more pet books, and for McCarty fans.–Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA --Jody McCoy (Reviewed June 1, 2002) (School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 6, p100)
  • /* Starred Review */ An amiable showcase for McCarty's (Little Bunny on the Move ) distinctive pencil art, this day-in-the-life tale centers on a dog and cat who live with a family, the only member of which readers see is a cherubic toddler referred to as "the baby." The plot is not long on action: pooch Hondo climbs into the family car (its vintage sets the tale in the 1930s or '40s) and travels to the beach, where he romps with a canine pal. Feline Fabian stays at home "to play with the baby." As the dogs "dive in the waves," the cat "dives for the door" (trying to escape the youngster's clutches). These quiet contrasts end with the winding down of the day: the dog's return, when he and the cat eat dinner from their respective bowls and, "full and fat," retire to their favorite resting spots. The minimalist narrative sets off the richness of the pictures, viewed as if through a scrim. Colors soften to a candlelit palette, enhancing the warm, nostalgic mood for an effect at once ingenuous and sophisticated. Ages 3-9. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 25, 2002) (Publishers Weekly, vol 249, issue 8, p65)
  • Sepia-toned, subtly textured pencil drawings on cream-colored paper give this pet's-eye view of a day's adventures an air of polished, if slightly distant, elegance. Hondo the dog and Fabian the cat rise from their favorite snoozing spots to go in different directions: Hondo, to play on the beach with a furry friend; Fabian, to escape a toddler's clutches, and later to unroll some toilet paper. Both show unusual restraint—this may present a credibility problem for pet-owners—in passing up, respectively, a tempting bucket of just-caught fish, and a turkey sandwich, but after Hondo's return the two chow down from side-by-side pet dishes, then it's off to slumberland once again. Captioned by a very brief, present-tense text that passes the point of view back and forth, the illustrations convey a feeling of comfortable interspecies amiability more akin to Steven Kellogg's A Rose for Pinkerton (1981) than Donald Hall's I Am the Dog, I Am the Cat (1994). (Picture book. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2002)
Awards note
Caldecott Honor Book, 2003
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
117633
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McCarty, Peter
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
  • LG
  • K-2
LC call number
PZ10.3.M12685
LC item number
Ho 2002
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
Reading level
  • 1.2
  • 1.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Reading Counts RC
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Pets
  • Cats
  • Dogs
Target audience
primary
Label
Hondo & Fabian, written and illustrated by Peter McCarty
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Art techniques used: Soft and delicately blended color pencil drawing in muted tones
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm46683851
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780805063523
Lccn
2001001884
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 004399250374
  • 005451495849
  • 9780805063523
Other physical details
color illustrations
Publisher number
CD 688
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)46683851
Label
Hondo & Fabian, written and illustrated by Peter McCarty
Publication
Note
Art techniques used: Soft and delicately blended color pencil drawing in muted tones
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm46683851
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780805063523
Lccn
2001001884
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 004399250374
  • 005451495849
  • 9780805063523
Other physical details
color illustrations
Publisher number
CD 688
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)46683851

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