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Thursday 7 January 2016

Review: The Adventures of Miss Petitfour

Miss Petitfour and her sixteen cats travel everywhere by tablecloth, their adventures guided by the wind and serendipity although they are always ready for anything.

Anne Michaels, an international award-winning poet, takes us on an alliterative, multi-syllabic romp in this, her debut children’s novel. A hidden narrator introduces us to the fun of new words and how to use them while Miss Petitfour takes us to unexpected places. Emma Block’s 1950s-style pastels hide sixteen cats and a host of tasty treats from page to page but there is also entertainment in listening to adults recite each page.

Something deliciously tongue tangling happens when Miss Petitfour goes out with Minky, Misty, Taffy, Purrsia, Pirate, Mustard, Moutard, Hemdela, Earring, Grigorovitch, Clasby, Captain Captain, Captain Catkin, Captain Clothespin, Your Shyness and Sizzles…and that is just the beginning.

With a little bit of serendipity and a lot of tangly cat fun, there’s even a touch of romance awaiting Miss Petitfour and her cats as they embrace daily adventures.

Title: The Adventures of Miss Petitfour
Author: Anne Michaels
Illustrator: Emma Block
Publisher: Bloomsbury, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: December 2015
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781408868041
For ages: 7+
Type: Junior Fiction