William Heads to Hollywood – Helen Hancocks


51soqkdk4flWilliam Heads to Hollywood – Helen Hancocks, Templar Books, (9780763689131), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  William, International Cat of Mystery, returns with his second case.  William is a suave throwback to 1930s movie detectives, which lends appeal to adult readers.  In this second book William is hired by Audrey Mieowski, “the loveliest star in Tinseltown,” when the statues for the Golden Cuckoo Awards are stolen.  William jets to Hollywood and is soon on the trail of the thief.  Along the way William attends a costume ball with Audrey where he sips “Milk-frothed, not stirred…” Sharp eyed readers will be able to spot the thief just as William does.   The illustrations in pencil and gouache are full of detail.  In the end William solves the case and is ready to head back home, or is he?  A sign tells of auditions for a black cat to star with Audrey in her next film.  The final wordless page shows William and Audrey attired like Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of the first book William and the Missing Masterpiece will welcome this new mystery.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 12/8/16             

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