William & the Missing Masterpiece (Hardcover)
The Mona Cheesa painting is missing and only cat-detective William can solve the crime!
Debonair cat-detective William finds himself at the center of a mysterious theft when the Mona Cheesa is stolen from a Parisian gallery. Can William put the clues together and solve the crime? Fans of Helen Hancocks’s Penguin in Peril won’t be disappointed in this hilarious tale of cat and mouse.
About the Author
Helen Hancocks recently graduated with a degree in illustration and animation. She uses a mixture of crayon, watercolor, ink, and pen, combined digitally. Her first picture book, Penguin in Peril, was the fastest-selling debut picture book in the U.K. in 2013. Helen Hancocks lives in England.
Lovers of art, runny cheese and cats will be drawn to this adventure featuring William, "international cat of mystery." ...Kids will enjoy the bright, bold, generous double-page spreads featuring retro-looking multimedia paintings, lots of smarty-pants detail and the debonair William. Adults will chuckle in recognition at the Parisian landmarks, cheesy puns, satiric faux newspaper stories and the clever feline painting knock-offs of familiar masterpieces by the likes of Munch, van Dyck, Seurat, Manet, Matisse, Picasso, Dalí and more. As with Hancocks' memorable debut, Penguin in Peril (2014), this will not fail to both enchant and engage.
Hancocks recombines some of the ingredients that made her debut, Penguin in Peril, a success: an animal hero, a casually witty narrative voice, and her own faux-primitive paintings.... Francophiles and budding sleuths will be charmed.
William on his green moped and his view from behind a newspaper with eyeholes will tickle young funny bones while adults will appreciate the museum’s collection of classic paintings transformed by additions of cheese...this book’s illustrations and humor will appeal to many ages.
—School Library Journal
A clever and fun mystery kids will love being a part of, this selection will both amuse children and cause them to think and pay close attention to the verbal and visual details to solve the crime with William.
—Books to Borrow...Books to Buy (column from Kendal A. Rautzhan)