William Heads to Hollywood

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 visibly human.  I also found the plot to be a bit lame and the text was flat when read aloud – unlike Doreen Cronin’s Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type.  Other than William and Audrey’s odd noses and upright gait, I liked the colorful illustrations and the ’50s era Hollywood style.  The serif font was reasonably easy to read and the vocabulary was sufficiently advanced.

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