Officer Katz and Houndini: A Tale of Two Tails

illus. by Danny Chatzikonstantinou. 32p. S. & S./Aladdin. Oct. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481422659.
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

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