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Officer Katz and Houndini

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Officer Katz and Houndini

A Tale of Two Tails
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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 Katztown 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?
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 Katztown 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?
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  • Hot diggety dog! Maria Gianferrari's a lucky dog—she gets to write stories about cats and dogs, and when she's dog-tireed, she can catnap in her office. Maria lives in northern Virginia with her cat's meow of a family: her scientist husband, artist daughter, top dog, Becca, and lone rat, Lucia. To learn more about Maria, visit her website at MariaGianferrari.com.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 8, 2016
    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.

  • Kirkus

    It's the old story: will cat and dog play, er, cat-and-mouse games--or join forces?Officer Katz, chief cop of Kitty City and an exceptional inventor, is retiring. His goal before leaving law enforcement? To do what no cat has done before: catch Houndini, the renowned dog escape artist. Houndini's in town for his annual performance, and Katz is determined finally to nab him. In this thin story filled with animal-themed puns whose meanings will, alas, elude younger members of the target audience ("paw-parazzi," anyone?), storyline logic escapes as well. Children may be puzzled by the central premise that the cat needs to capture Houndini, particularly since it's noted that the dog is welcomed every year by enraptured feline crowds. Determined to pull off his final caper, Katz utilizes one ingenious invention after another, but presto! Houndini always foils him-- except for Katz's final attempt when he unwittingly ensnares the dog in his most clever contraption. Houndini then convinces Katz they should become a team, and Katz agrees to join the traveling act, making for a somewhat satisfying, though unconvincing, ending. Broadcasting early on that Houndini's frustrated that his act has become lackluster also means few surprises in the final scene. The cheery, lively illustrations, which feature an expressive, all-animal cast of varied species, sizes, and colors, depict an elongated, uniformed Katz and stout, mustachioed Houndini; humorous newspaper "headlines" will capture attention. Ultimately, though mildly amusing, there's no real magic here. (Picture book. 4-7) COPYRIGHT(1) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    November 1, 2016

    K-Gr 2-Puns pepper the page as feline Officer Katz gets ready for retirement, but not before a final attempt to capture the canine escape artist, the Great Houndini. Every year, Houndini defaces the mayor's portrait, but Officer Katz challenges him to try to escape from his amazing contraptions. If Officer Katz can keep him locked up, then Houndini promises to leave the city and never return. Even an old dog can learn new tricks, and Houndini is no exception. The cast of characters are illustrated in lively action scenes with minimal setting. A fluffy narrative filled with high jinks will delight. In the end, the foes stop fighting like cats and dogs and join forces to take their show on the road. VERDICT Adventures abound in this pun-filled read-aloud that's sure to appeal to cat and dog lovers alike.-Karen Ginman, BookOps: The New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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