The Adventures of Miss Petitfour
by Anne Michaels
illustrations by Emma Block
For Christmas my sister presented me with this little book. She said she hadn’t read it, but it looked so cute she had to get it for me (I suppose this way of picking out books runs in the family!). Well, I’m so glad she did because this book was sweet, charming, funny, and thoroughly enjoyable. I read it in an afternoon (it’s a children’s book with lots of lovely illustrations), and it was simply delightful.
Miss Peitifour lives with her 16 cats named: Minky, Misty, Taffy, Purrsia, Pirate, Mustard, Moutarde, Hemdela, Earring, Grigorovitch, Clasby, Captain Captain, Captain Catkin, Captain Clothespin, Your Shyness, and Sizzles. They go on adventures together by holding a tablecloth by it’s four ends and flying in the air.
Their adventures range from visiting the village to the cats festooning themselves. I loved the wide range of vocabulary (such as festoon) throughout the book. It’s highlighted and very clever how the author uses words to teach about writing and the English language. It’s incorporated into the story so that’s a part of the story itself. She also has a humorous vein talking about digressions throughout the book. I thought her characters were interesting and all the cats too much fun. I was very impressed by the story and how it was written.
Summing it up: This book is fresh, sweet and altogether very clever. I loved it! Has anyone else found this gem?? What did you think?
All the best, Abbey