Officer Katz and Houndini: A Tale of Two Tails – Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou

71j48zmqhl Officer Katz and Houndini: A Tale of Two Tails – Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou, Aladdin, (9781481422659), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  3

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Officer Katz is determined to capture The Great Houdini in this pun-filled story.  Every year The Great Houdini comes to town and defaces the portrait of Kitty City’s founder, Davy Crock-Cat, with a drawn on mustache.  Officer Katz is also an inventor and is sure that one of his “Katz-traptions” will do the trick.  In the end, Officer Katz and Houdini decide to join forces and take their act on the road.  The illustrations are full of color and expression. The endpages give the reader an idea of the humor in the story with a map of aptly towns for their animal denizens:  Dogtown, Nutbury (squirrels), New Pork (pigs), West Cheddar (mice) and Mane (horses.)  Readers who love puns will love this story.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a fun story for readers who enjoy puns, magicians and animals.

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:            1/24/17             

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