Review: The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels (Illust. by Emma Block)

The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels

by ANNE MICHAELS, illustrated by EMMA BLOCK
Published: November 3, 2015 by Tundra Books
Genre: childrens, fantasy, illustrated, cats
Pages: 144p
Source: NetGalley
Rating: ★★★★☆

The magical adventures of an eccentric Mary Poppins-esque heroine and her flying feline charges, sure to charm readers big and small. The first book for children by an internationally acclaimed novelist and poet.

Miss Petitfour enjoys having adventures that are “just the right size – fitting into a single, magical day.” She is an expert at baking and eating fancy iced cakes, and her favorite mode of travel is par avion. On windy days, she takes her sixteen cats out for an airing: Minky, Misty, Taffy, Purrsia, Pirate, Mustard, Moutarde, Hemdela, Earring, Grigorovitch, Clasby, Captain Captain, Captain Catkin, Captain Cothespin, Your Shyness and Sizzles. With the aid of her favorite tea party tablecloth as a makeshift balloon, Miss Petitfour and her charges fly over her village, having many little adventures along the way. Join Miss Petitfour and her equally eccentric felines on five magical outings — a search for marmalade, to a spring jumble sale, on a quest for “birthday cheddar”, the retrieval of a lost rare stamp and as they compete in the village’s annual Festooning Festival. A whimsical, beautifully illustrated collection of tales that celebrates language, storytelling and small pleasures, especially the edible kind!

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This is a very cute story, one that reminds me a lot of Amelia Bedelia, who I loved growing up, and I would put these Adventures in roughly the same reading age as Amelia Bedelia. Miss Petitfour has lots of silly adventures, but is not silly herself, which sets the ladies apart; if anything the cats are quite silly. It’s definitely a book full of fun tales, and should teach children new words, particularly “digression,” of which there are many.

The artwork alone is beautiful – the illustrations definitely add to the quirky, almost-twee atmosphere of the adventures. The book design, the illustrations, all set the scene for a series of charming stories about a flying lady and her cute anthropomorphized cats. The turns of phrase alone will warm the heart.

Disclaimer: I received a free review e-galley from NetGalley. This has in no way influenced my review.


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My name is Alex, and I’m a twenty-something queer girl from the midwest with a hardcore fiction addiction. I don’t care for romance in books, but I love my cat and cute video games.

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