Book Review: “A Dozen Cousins” by Lori Haskins Houran

Anna is the oldest of 13 cousins…and the only girl!! Her dozen boy cousins are sweaty and noisy, full of energy and mischief, and she is the main target for all their crazy shenanigans! If she’s not finding a lizard in her hat, or her diary being read aloud, her doll is likely being launched on a rocket ship in the backyard or her violin is being used as a shovel for digging worms! The dozen cousins love to play tricks on Anna, but she takes it all in stride and even gets them back a few times! Anna is a good sport, thankfully, she delights in all the ruckus and wouldn’t have it any other way!

“A Dozen Cousins” by Lori Haskins Houran, is one of the most touching yet perfectly silly books we’ve read. It was really thoughtful and well-written, and a delight to read aloud, as the rhyming was short, sweet and spot on. The illustrations by Sam Usher are refreshingly sketch-like, the colors are bright and watching the messy and silly results of the all the trouble caused by the dozen cousins is pure FUN! Honestly, most times we read this book, Dolly lingered on the opening page of all the cousin’s faces; They are really very intricate and each face has something special to offer the reader. Dolly lovingly “got to know” each crazy cousin!

Whether you come from a large family or small, you will love this book! From Dolly’s Bookshelf to yours, this is a 5 out of 5 Dolly Head recommendation!

Title: A Dozen Cousins
Author: Lori Haskins Houran
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Pages: 32