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The Adventures of Miss Petitfour

June 9, 2016

miss petitfourWhat I’m Reading: The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michales.
Illustrations by: Emma Block.
Published By: Tundra Books , 2015

Miss Petitfour is seems like a cross between Mary Poppins and Vianne from Chocolat, but with cats. She travels by tablecloth, changing out the pattern based on the season or the weather. She has a string of cats who like to dress up and ride along with her on her errands.
Miss Petitfour is adorable and has great fashion sense! The book is made up of several short stories each of which is full of lovely illustrations from Emma Block as well as some great vocabulary. Who doesn’t want to know what a perambulator is or what “digression” means?
miss-petitfour_670The stories are not terribly complex in and of themselves, but they are sweet. I will say, this is definitely a book for those who enjoy whimsy and sugary stories. The peril is rarely perilous and there is always a delicious snack at the end. Actually, they remind me of what the Aunt Dimity stories would be like in Aunt Dimitys Death. It took me an hour or so to read this book, but it would probably make a great bedtime story book since each individual story has some lovely pictures, but isn’t terribly long.
If you like Emma Block’s illustrations, which I do, she has an Etsy store where you can get prints and cards!

catsWhat are some of your favorite illustrated storybooks? It seems to me like there aren’t as many books of linked stories coming out these days. I’m thinking about books like this one, Paddington, or Doctor Dolittle where there is a central character, but each  chapter is a self-contained story. Can you think of any others?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tracy permalink
    June 9, 2016 2:55 pm

    I need to read this! Thanks for sharing!

  2. June 13, 2016 6:08 pm

    I love the illustrations. Thanks for sharing!

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