The Further Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels, illustrated by Emma Block
publishes August 30th, 2022
For fans of Mary Poppins, heroine Miss Petitfour and her feline friends return for more flights of fancy in this cozy, charming collection of illustrated stories.
Miss Petitfour enjoys having adventures that are just the right size for a single, magical day. With her sixteen cats and the aid of a tablecloth as a makeshift balloon, Miss Petitfour soars — which is to say, she rises high in the air and flies — over her charmingly eccentric village, encountering adventures along the way. One never knows where the wind will take her in this delightfully seasonal collection of magical outings: perhaps to the aid of dearly loved friends and neighbors, including a hapless handyman and an onion-loving baby, or to a coconut-confetti parade, or in search of keys, lucky charms or even simply the perfect tablecloth for her next flight. A witty, whimsical, beautifully illustrated collection of tales that celebrate language, storytelling and all the pleasures of life, large and small!
Obligatory note that I did not read the original adventures of Miss Petitfour. I really enjoyed this book, which reminds me of classics such as Edgar Eager’s books and The Phantom Tollbooth and Miss Piggly-Wiggly. Miss Petitfour likes to have adventures that are “just the right size” for a “single, magical day”. Also she has sixteen cats and they each have a distincy personality, which is delightful. The illustrations are fantastic, and it’s a cozy read. You can read it story by story or all in one day, but I definitely recommend reading it story by story, even though it’ll be hard! Lots of creative wordplay in here, including vocabulary words to expand yours. Five stars.