Source: From Librarything Early Reviewers and Tundra Books for review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
Publisher: Tundra Books
Publication Date: March 27. 2018
The magical adventures of an eccentric Mary Poppins-esque heroine and her flying feline charges, sure to charm readers big and small. The first book for children by an internationally acclaimed novelist and poet.
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. A whimsical, beautifully illustrated collection of tales that celebrates language, storytelling and small pleasures, especially the edible kind!
Miss Petitfour is a woman that loves adventure but also knows that adventures can be found in normal daily activities. She lives with her 16 cats and her favorite mode of transportation is by wind and a tablecloth. This small books included 5 stories and an introduction to her and her cats. It was all very cute.
In each of the stories a fun adventure ensues and the cats are always included. Miss Petitfour seems like a lot of fun and is, like the synopsis says, a little like Mary Poppins. The book is whimsical in wonderful ways and it also takes the time to highlight words and phases for younger readers to help them learn about the words but also about home some books will use them. It was a quick read and I think parts and their younger readers will really enjoy Miss Petitfour, and if you are a cat lover you have that added bonus.