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Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris

(The Claris Collection #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  33 reviews
An infectious rhyming tale about courage, compassion and a stylish little mouse, from international fashion illustrator Megan Hess.

Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris follows an adorable mouse who dreams of moving to Paris to follow her fashion dreams. One day, she bravely takes the leap – only to find a mean little girl with a horrible-looking cat standing in the way of he
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Hardie Grant Egmont (first published 2018)
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Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
"Claris hugged her new friend and she said, "I believe
you should always be brave and help someone in need.
Because nothing's more stylish in life than compassion -
it matches so well with a good dash of fashion!"
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Picture-Books Featuring Fashion and/or Paris
Claris the mouse loves fashion, and dreams of traveling to Paris in order to pursue her passion in this rhyming picture-book romp. Ignoring the indifference of her fellow mice, she hitches a ride on a hot-air balloon piloted by two stylish frogs, and soon finds herself in the fashion capital of the world. Here she discovers the perfect living space, only to find out it is inhabited by a dreadful little girl and her terrible cat. Is it the end of the dream? Or will kindhearted Claris find a way t ...more
Jenna D.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book, inside and out! And that’s the whole purpose of the story, which teaches readers - both young and old - about going for our dreams, having compassion and finding friends in the most unexpected places is always a possibility! (I love telling my customers that there’s a “surprise twist” near the end of the book!) I cannot wait for more about Claris’ adventures in Paris!

Hands down, this is my favorite picture book of 2018.
Sophie Jones
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I knew that I would love this book as soon as I laid eyes on it. Megan Hess's illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful and the story she details is so magical. Hess' protagonist, Claris, is an ambitious mouse who makes her own dresses, adores couture and dreams of moving to Paris to pursue a career in fashion. Along the way she comes into conflict with a spoilt penthouse princess and a menacing cat, but will they stand in the way of her dreams? ☁️🎀🗼

Aside from the enchanting story, the main fea
Mary Ann
Love the fashion infused illustrations, but the story had some significant plot holes.
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Claris dreams about moving to Paris, and she takes a leap of faith to make her dreams come true. She meets a mean cat in Paris, and has to use all her fashion wiles and personal compassion to win the day.

I just adore Claris! She is such a sweet and lovely little mouse. I love stories about mice anyway, but this little mouse takes the cake. I love all her pretty clothes. She is the epitome of elegance and refinement, but with a heart of compassion and humility.

The text is in rhyme, and it works
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
This is a really cute rhyming story, and as usual, the illustrations were sublime.

The story is all about Claris, who is a quite little mouse who lives on the outskirts of Paris but always dreams of living in the big city, surrounded by beautiful things. Then one day, two very chic frogs whisk her away to the heart of Paris. Claris quickly has to adapt to all the new aspects of her new life and find a place to live. She befriends a cat who helps her make a life for herself, and even helps her wit
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a visually stunning book in a whimsically childish way but the plot and rhyme scheme made me cringe a little bit at the thought of gifting it. I'm a BIG fan of Megan Hess' work so I have had this on my wish list since she posted about it on Instagram. My niece is about to turn 5 so I finally had the perfect reason (read: excuse) to buy it for my unicorn, purse, and tutu loving mini girlfriend. In reading it just now, I'm glad I strictly bought it for the fashion. Some of the rhymes are a ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I think this book is beautifully illustrated and a treat for little girls who love anything pink and anything to do with fashion, however I am in two minds about the message it puts across. (I know, I'm always gray). I think it's great in showing little girls what they can become if they aspire to live out their dreams but on the other side, I don't know if it puts across a very wholesome message. I have seen how the book has been marketed with parties and clothes and toys and it appeals more to ...more
Laura Thomas
This gorgeous picture book caught my eye in the bookstore immediately—a fashionable little mouse named Claris—in Paris, what could be cuter? The illustrations are absolutely stunning from start to finish, coupled with a sweet rhyming tale of a courageous mouse fashionista who shows compassion and kindness to a long-suffering cat. This is acclaimed fashion illustrator Megan Hess' first children's book and will appeal to readers young and old with its attention to detail throughout. Fabulous! ...more
Josie Krysinski
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: european
Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris is an adorable book about a Mouse with courage, compassion, and a let's not forget style! This cute book teaches young students that with one brave, yet tough, move can help you accomplish more than you could ever dream. This is another wonderful book, along with the many other Claris books, that should be added into my classroom collection. ...more
Kristina Jean Lareau
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picturebook
2.5 stars

Decent illustrations with a clear emphasis on fashion. The rhymes were stilted and the incorporation of French only to suit rhymes and rhythms doesn't work to create a cohesive narrative.
df parizeau
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A cute kids book with a lesson that isn't too overwrought or saccharine. Maybe a tad superficial due to the fashion heavy content, but one might expect this coming from an author who is a fashion designer themselves. ...more
Freddie D
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: australian, fashion
Everything about this book is divine. From the gorgeous detail in the illustrations, the stunning end-papers, the gold-tipped pages, the high-fashion worship and heartwarming story, it all just lights me up.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A treat for little fashionistas!
S Isa
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated children's book. It definitely brought back all my childhood/teenage dreams of running off to Paris. ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, paris
So so pretty!!!
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read while in London (of all places to read about a mouse in Paris) in the Harrods bookstore. Cute little rhyming storybook.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Soooo sweet.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
So beautiful!!!
Christine (Tina)
The illustrations, concept, and gold-tipped pages are gorgeous! However, unfortunately, can't award the 5🌟 because the rhyme scheme is forced. Still lovely💖🌹 ...more
Sami Passlow
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely adorable. I love the illustrations and the story. I love the fashion that was involved and the creatures were cute as a button. I’m excited for the sequel to come out.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Soooo cute and the illustrations are beautiful!
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite picture books. Great drawings and I can't wait to go to Paris! ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A little bit gorgeous. Written by a fashion illustrator and her drawings are divine.
Bonnie Grover
Oct 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Christmas books are popular with students. I loved the fashion illustrations and the cat burglar chase. This is fun read aloud with adorable illustrations.
Lara Bate
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Children learn about major fashion brands. It's about a mouse who dresses up to go to a fashion event. ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful book
J.L. Slipak
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

On first glance, this is a gorgeous presentation of a book. It’s hardcover, in white, with pinks and gold accents, gold foil pages and amazing artwork.

I absolutely love Claris. The illustrations throughout the book work wonder for the story, which falls a bit flat at times. But for a first picture book, this isn’t too bad.

Claris is cute and I love all her little outfits, color-coordinated ensembles. The idea of a fashionable mouse
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

Noted fashion illustrator, designer, and art director Megan Hess (who has taken on clients from Versace to Vanity Fair, Bergdorf Goodman to Fendi, and authored and illustrated multiple books), turns to the world of picture books with an utterly charming story told in rhyme, featuring the incredibly chic mouse Claris. When we meet Claris, she is living "in the mountains of France", and dreaming of "moving to Paris". A chance encounter with "a hot air balloon, like a golden soufflé, bearing two st
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Megan Hess was destined to draw.

An initial career in graphic design evolved into art direction for some of the world’s leading design agencies. In 2008 Hess illustrated the New York Times number one selling book Sex And The City - written by Candace Bushnell. She has since illustrated portraits for Vanity Fair and Time, created iconic accessories for Henri Bendel and illustrated the windows of Ber

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The Claris Collection (3 books)
  • Claris: Fashion Show Fiasco
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