A Dozen Cousins

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A Dozen Cousins

Source: Sterling Books


Up until recently, Arianna was one girl in the “next generation” of cousins. She’s still the only girl on my dad’s side of the family (with three other boys), but I am not convinced that bothers her…especially after reading A Dozen Cousins as a recent bedtime story.

From Sterling Children’s Books:

What’s life like for one little girl with TWELVE male cousins? Not easy! When Anna’s mischievous family comes for a visit, there’s never a dull moment. They put a lizard in her hat, read her secret diary, and even use her skirt as a teepee. But when push comes to shove, would Anna have it any other way? Loaded with infectious humor and detailed illustrations, A DozenCousins (Sterling Children’s Books, February 2015) will have families large and small smiling along with its ever happy heroine and her big, boisterous boy family.

A Dozen Cousins, written by Lori Haskins Houran and illustrated by Sam Usher, is a delightful story about Anna, one girl with twelve male cousins. The boys (love how diverse they are!) come for a visit and are up to typical boy fun. Mischievous ‘lil ones, they are!


My kids loved the hilarious illustrations in this quick read and laughed along with me as we identified with things our girl “among the boys” has been through. It was a great bedtime story and one I’ve been asked to read again, just in the few days we’ve had it.

Even better, we found out that this book was autobiographical about author Lori Haskins Houran who “grew up with tons of cousins”. Illustrator Sam Usher takes Lori’s story and pairs it up with adorable drawings up Anna and her cousins.

This book will be available through Sterling Children’s Books in February 2015 for a suggested retail price of $14.95; however, you can win your own copy to share with your ‘lil ones right here. Good luck!

A Dozen Cousins

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