June 1, 2017

the adventures of miss petitfour

I have to thank my delightful daughter for finding this for me. We went to a bookstore, as we often do, to hang out and pass the time. It sounds nice doesn't it? IT'S NOT NICE. I HAVE TOO MANY BOOKS AS IT IS. And now, after that sweet trip, I have EVEN MORE.

She was sitting in a chair, reading a comic book, and she casually passed me 'The Adventures of Miss Petitfour' -- "I thought this looked like a book you might like, mom."

Oh my sweet daughter. She truly knows my innermost soul. Indeed I did/do LOVE it. This enchanting little creation written with immense charm and wit by Anne Michaels and illustrated by some magical fairy named Emma Block, was put into the 'purchase' pile and came home with us.

As you can see, the art is just like a petitfour! Sweet. Pastel. Delicate. Each drawing, big or small, is like a little treasure.

Let's talk about the story. Miss Petitfour is kind of like....a young, modern-day Mary Poppins, but with cats instead of kids. She breezes/flies all over her town with her kitties and a magical tablecloth that she uses like a balloon. Basically she has sweet little mini sized adventures - fun and cute, nothing scary or perilous (the craziest things get is when there's an explosion of shimmering, glittering CONFETTI) - and then likes to be home in time for tea and eclairs.

She loses a rare stamp. She and her cats go looking for it. She plans a birthday party for one of her cats. She's ever so sweetly wooed by a gentleman neighbor. She helps organize a community sale, where the wares (DID YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) are art creations made from old belongings.
And Miss Petitfour never goes anywhere, or does anything, without the presence and company of her 16 cats: Minky, Misty, Taffy, Purrsia, Pirate, Mustard, Moutarde, Hemdela, Earring, Grigorovitch, Clasby, Captain Captain, Captain Catkin, Captain Cothespin, Your Shyness and Sizzles.

Miss Petitfour is the world's most darling crazy cat lady.

You might have noticed up above in some of the pictures that a great many of the words are BOLDED, or italicized. This of course, is my preferred way of writing, so it appealed to me greatly. Woven within the short chapters (which are standalone little stories) is a variety of wordplay. As in, discussions and asides from the author to the reader, explaining in a gentle, humorous way what a DIGRESSION is, or why that might be useful to utilize in a story. Descriptive words like UNBELIEVABLY, BY GREAT GOOD FORTUNE and BY CHANCE are also used and explained as to why they are good writing devices.
"Some words are like rays of light, white knights or a safety pin at the right moment, and these words are as useful as sticky tape just when the page has ripped, fixing up a story in an instant."
The book is full of Very Useful Information like that. I thought it might have been a little too young for Julia, but we did read it aloud and she was immensely charmed by it. I'd say it's a lovely, whimsical selection for kiddos ages 7-11. It's packed with literary wit sized just right for children. I ADORED it, and the whole thing goes down like the sweet treat petitfour that features in the title.


  1. Oh, dear. I think I need this in my life. Like now.

  2. How great! Totally buying this for Lulu.

    What a great excuse to go out and buy Petits Fours!