Tuesday, February 7, 2017

William Heads to Hollywood by Helen Hancocks - OPTIONAL

Hancocks, Helen William Heads to Hollywood. PICTURE BOOK. Templar Books, 2016. $16.99. Content: G. 

William is a detective cat who is hired by a hot Hollywood starlet to crack an urgent case—the statues for a big awards show have been stolen. Along with the starlet, William investigates throughout the Hollywood studio, rubs elbows with stars, and eventually finds the culprit and solves the case. He’s given a special “Golden Cuckoo” as a reward, and then goes on to pursue a second career in the movies. 

I really wanted to like this book but it was tough sell. The story is weak and has absolutely no surprises—which seems wrong for a detective story. The illustrations are fine but not extraordinary. I imagine those who are great lovers of both film and cats might like this story, but its not going to really impress any audience.  

EL (K-3) —OPTIONAL. Reviewer: TC

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