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


Overview - It's all paws on deck in this hilarious picture book that explores the age-old debate of which four-legged friends are best: cats versus dogs?

Officer Katz is looking forward to a nice retirement, complete with all the treats he could want, until his arch-nemesis, Houndini, reappears one final time to challenge Katz to a showdown.  Read more...


 
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Overview
It's all paws on deck in this hilarious picture book that explores the age-old debate of which four-legged friends are best: cats versus dogs?

Officer Katz is looking forward to a nice retirement, complete with all the treats he could want, until his arch-nemesis, Houndini, reappears one final time to challenge Katz to a showdown. If Katz manages to catch Houndini after three tries, Houndini will stay out of Kitty City forever. But if Houndini manages to escape, the town will be renamed...Houndiniville. And Katz isn't about to let his town go to the dogs.

All the claws are out as Katz chases Houndini up, down and around town. With the help of their two assistants--Deputy Catbird and Squirrel--can Katz and Houndini call a truce? Or will this challenge have them both chasing their tails out of town?

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781481422659
  • ISBN-10: 1481422650
  • Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Cats
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Dogs
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-08-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

A police officer faces off against a wily magician in this pun-soaked story from Gianferrari (the Penny & Jelly series) and Chatzikonstantinou (My Grandma’s a Ninja). The Great Houndini, a canine traveling magician, comes to Kitty City every year with the same show and a habit of defacing a portrait of the town founder, Davy Crock-cat (why the citizens continue to welcome him back is unclear). Officer Katz is ready to catch Houndini once and for all, and he puts together three traps for the escape artist to evade. Chatzikonstantinou emphasizes the rivals’ mischievous expressions and motives, but the cat- and dog-themed wordplay often comes across as forced (“My Katz-box will put Houndini in the doghouse,” Officer Katz tells the “paw-parazzi”), and the use of newspaper headlines and stories to frame in-progress scenes of Officer Katz gloating and Houndini magically escaping doesn’t work terribly well from a logical standpoint. In the end, Officer Katz and Houndini realize they are better off on the same side, ending this confrontation on an amicable note. Ages 4–7. Author’s agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator’s agency: Lemonade Illustration. (Oct.)

 
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