With Illustrations by Emma Block
Category: 6-8 Storybook
Synopsis: 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 favorite 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. Join Miss Petitfour and her equally eccentric felines on five magical outings — a search for marmalade, to a spring jumble sale, on a quest for “birthday cheddar”, the retrieval of a lost rare stamp and as they compete in the village’s annual Festooning Festival.
Miss Petitfour reminds me a lot of Mary Poppins in her demeanor and way she is written. The adventures are fun ones that are easily solved and always have a happy ending. My favourite is the “retrieval of a lost rare stamp” because the cat saves the day in that one.
Than there are the cats, with names like Captain Captain, Mustard and Your Shyness. They are each unique and full of fun characters.
The mode of travel for Miss Petitfour and her cats is by table-cloth. They ride the wind to get where they need to go with hopes that the wind is going the right way. Each cat holds on to the tail in front and so forth. It’s a cute little concept and a nice twist on the umbrella form of travel.
My favourite part of the book is really big words were highlighted in this book and then explained in a fun way. There was different ways to say things and lots of big words I don’t even use every day. I think this is a great idea to introduce new vocabulary.
For kids this is a great book and a good one to help them read. It’s a little more advanced for the age group but once they are a stronger reader it’s a great choice.