Friday, January 1, 2016

Review: The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels, ill. by Emma Block

Synopsis: Miss Petitfour is an expert at baking and eating little cakes. She also has the most marvelous, everyday adventures. Her favorite mode of travel is by tablecloth, and on windy days she always takes her sixteen cats out for an airing. Join Miss Petitfour and her feline companions as they embark on five magical outings, including a quest for "birthday cheddar" and a visit to eh village's annual Festooning Festival. And if you prefer books in which nothing ever happens, books in which people (and cats) sit by the fire with buttery shortbread biscuits and steaming mugs of cocoa, books full of interesting facts that will never come in useful, and books with digressions and meanwhiles and long words and lists, then you will find plenty of that here too. So fetch a tablecloth and turn to the first page of this book. (from the inside cover of the book)
Review: Charming. That is the perfect word for this story. With whimsical pastel illustrations, a soft pink ribbon page marker , and silky pages, this is the perfect book for a magical bedtime story. Miss Petitfour travels by tablecloth, bakes leaf-shaped cookies for her sixteen cats, and firmly believes in having adventures. And many adventures she has – from a jumbled-up jumble sale to a confetti explosion, her life is never dull – and it is a delight to travel along with her.
Michaels has a lovely command of language. In a clever and humorous way, she teaches the reader about the meaning of words in stories (and life), using highlighted words, side notes, and digressions (inside joke throughout the story).  This a perfect book for anyone who enjoys tea, cakes, cats, adventures, and words. I highly recommend.

Note: I received this book free as part of LibraryThings' Early Reviewers Program in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.
Bookmarks: 8 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 978-1-77049-500-5
Date Finished: 12-29-2015
Pages: 124

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