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Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

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OttolineAndTheYellowCat-lrgOttoline and the Yellow Cat follows the hard-boiled hijinks of a femme fatale feline and her pup posse of former lapdogs.  Author and illustrator, Chris Riddell introduces the charming heroine Ottoline and her morose companion, Mr. Munroe (the Norwegian counterpart to Cousin Itt) as the dedicated detectives on the case of the canine crime ring. Ottoline is left in the care of Mr. Munroe and a team of unusual housekeepers (i.e. the goggled-eye 1,000 Strong Light-Bulb men) while her parents jettison off to exotic locales detailed in their postcards penned with little, parental notes.  It is during one of their absences that Ottoline notices the missing dog posters around her neighborhood and reads the articles about the society women distraught over their disappearance. The sudden mystery prompts Ottoline and Mr. Munroe to don Inspector Clouseau-esque disguises in search of the stolen pooches.  Ottoline and the Yellow Cat is a fun who-dunnit personalized by Riddell’s frequent hand-scrawled notes about the artifacts in Ottoline’s apartment (a parrot clock) or encourages you to read another postcard from Ottoline’s parents (Greetings from the SS Trondheim). Riddell’s use of black and white graphics with splashes of red add to the story’s playful film-noir narrative and accent Ottoline’s charming characteristics-like Ottoline’s mismatched shoes and Zsa Zsa Gabor garb. Ottoline and the Yellow Cat is a story that is equal parts sleuth and scrapbook turning up a wonderfully clever tale.
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: MacMillan UK
ISBN-10: 1405050578

Written by corvusblue

November 10, 2009 at 4:24 pm