Hancocks, Helen. William and the Missing Masterpiece. Templar Books/Candlewick Press, 2015. $16.99. ISBN 9780763675967. Unp. Ages 3-7. P8 Q8
The theft took place during the Homage to Fromage celebration in Paris—the city of art and cheese. William, a feline detective, is on the case of the missing Mona Cheesa painting in this pun-filled mystery. The illustrations are done in Hancocks colorful, two dimensional style. She also successfully duplicates the styles of well-known artworks when William finds himself in the burgled museum. The text has a classic film noir feeling that is balanced by Hancock’s cheesy allusions. Young readers will have fun solving the case with William as some dramatic irony is included in the illustrations. Older readers might enjoy researching the original artworks found on display in the fictional museum to discover how they were altered.
April 2016 review by Lillian Curanzy.