Kris's Reviews > Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat

Minette's Feast by Susanna Reich
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Jun 26, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: colored-pencil, childrens, elementary-school, picture-book, watercolor
Read in June, 2012

Picture book story of Julia Child and, specifically, her cat, Minette. Charming story includes many details about Julia Child, includes an afterward with more specific details as well as notes, sources and a glossary/pronunciation guide of French words used in text. Golden-toned watercolor illustrations are lovely, they vary from full-color, double-page spreads to half page spreads to smaller vignettes -- and they all correspond very well to the text and provide great visual aid to those unfamiliar with Julia Child and her world in 1940s Paris (which would include most American kids). A unique way to introduce the world-famous chef to children -- in a way that is more naturally appealing to kids -- through a cat. :)

4 starred reviews: PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus

"...Bates’ inventively composed kitchen- and marketscapes in warm watercolors and pencil capture this joy as well, as readers see the very-tall, very-cheerful cook in action..."-Kirkus.

"...Bates' illustrations work marvelously well with this charming conceit. The pen-and-watercolor pictures have the required retro look for the time and place but never lose sight of Minette, who is an important part of Julia's cooking journey..."--Booklist

"...The hues of Bates's (Bear in the Air) muted watercolors-buttery yellows, golds, and slate blue-greens-lend a French feel, as does an early painting of Minette in which she's made to resemble the feline from Steinlen's famous "Chat Noir" poster..."--PW

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