Review: The Adventures of Miss Petitfour


From Tundra Books: 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 favourite 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.

In Anne Michaels’s The Adventures of Miss Petitfour, with illustrations by Emma Block, Miss Petitfour goes on a series of “bite-size” adventures with her cats—traveling by tablecloth, of course.

Playful and full of whimsy, Anne Michaels’s style reminds me of a frillier, more-cheerful Lemony Snicket. She plays around with words, explaining the larger ones, such as “digression,” in a fun and quirky manner. I think this book would be fabulous read aloud, as these sentences were made to be savoured. But it is also a good book for readers who are becoming comfortable reading on their own as all the repetitive phrases and names will help them get a feel for the bigger words—giving them a great vocabulary to boot!

Emma Block’s spot illustrations are light and colourful, creating the perfect balance to Michael’s writing.

As adorable and perfectly-sized as the little cakes our heroine is named after, this is a whimsical read sure to delight young readers.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (5/5 hearts)


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