When Hepcat loses his groove, he must rely on the guidance of rock music's greatest legends, including Elvis, the Beatles, and Little Richard, to get back the funk!
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William Bramhall's cartoons appear almost daily in such newspapers as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 3–Hepcat finds that his "vibes have vanished" on the night of his big piano concert. Four beetles (instrument-playing insects with the heads of the Beatles) tell him to "cruise the scene" to find music. The feline walks through city streets and country fields, but only notices noise. Finally Hepcat realizes that the car horns, thunder, birds, and wind that he has heard actually are music and he returns to give a great concert. Visual references such as Elvis on a street corner, Chuck Berry's car, and a piano-playing frog that looks like Little Richard may be lost on children. Attempts to incorporate well-known lyrics into Hepcat's comments seem awkward, as when he shouts: "Whoa, be good, Johnny" to Berry's passing car. There is also inconsistency in the cat's search for music. It makes sense that he misses hearing it in wind and traffic, but the harmonica-playing hound dog and whistling lovebirds are more obviously musical. Despite these flaws, the illustrations add flavor to the text. The feline's slinky, elongated figure is just right for a cool cat bopping around town. Most scenes are in shades of brown, black, and gray, while splashes of color call attention to the melodious elements that the protagonist overlooks. Hepcat's world has some visual appeal, but his story doesn't flow as smoothly as it should.–Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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Book Description Philomel, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0399238964
Book Description Philomel Books, New York, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Bramhall, William (illustrator). First Printing. Bookseller Inventory # 7266
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