Kubo and the Two Strings

Tweet Kubo and the Two Strings is an animated movie from studio LAIKA about a Japanese boy going on a quest to find his dead samurai father’s magical armor.  George Takei ably voices the grandfather but I found Matthew McConaughey’s Toy Storyish samurai beetle jarring – too American; Charlize Theron’s voicing of the mother was…

William Heads to Hollywood

Tweet William Heads to Hollywood by Helen Hancocks was a benign but somewhat unsatisfying picture book with tuxedo cat William, “international cat of mystery”, solving a case in Tinseltown for Audrey Mieowski.  My main objection was that William and Audrey are ostensibly cats but they don’t exhibit feline traits and the other characters are all…