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Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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"A fine recipe for pleasure: Julia Child, the culinary arts, Paris and a lucky cat. Magnifique!" --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Bates' illustrations work marvelously well with this charming conceit." --Booklist, starred review
"Reich's internal rhymes make the proceedings feel festive, while her overall prose conveys Julia's seriousness of purpose. The smooth flow of her narrative belies the impressive amount of research she undertook to relate actual conversations and events...Discover: A delectable banquet that charts Julia Child's culinary progress through the eyes of her cat, Minette." --Shelf Awareness, starred review
"...feast for the senses" --School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for Minette's Feast
"Foodie parents who love cats will love to read this delightful book to their kids."--The Atlantic
"Cozy....lyrical....playful....lighthearted....charming." --Publishers Weekly
"A delectable tale about Julia Child discovering her culinary calling in Paris...This book is a charmer to share aloud with young people who enjoy a well-paced story and with cat lovers and food lovers of any age." --Horn Book
"A charming picture book....A great present for any fully-grown Julia-lover. Which, as we've established is everyone." --The New York Times Sunday Book Review
"Amy Bates uses pencil and watercolor to create artwork that is as playful as Minette the cat." --Library Media Connection
"charmingly lyrical" --Chicago Tribune
"gorgeous" --Cat Wisdom 101
"The language is as rich as Julia's cooking....Handsome, evocative illustrations by Amy Bates add generously to the book's flavor....Sure to delight and inform foodies -- and non-foodies -- of all ages." --WETA Reading Rockets
"...this charming tale gives voice to the food icon for a whole new generation." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"...transcends its target audience of young children to include foodies and fans of the iconoclastic Child." --Sacramento Bee
"a charming picture book" --Boston Globe
"With an infectious energy and what comes across as a warm-hearted reverence for Child and her accomplishments, this picture book biography entertains." --Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
"charming" --LA Weekly
"yummy and hilarious.... A delectable, amusing, and cleverly written book." --Reading Today
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Top Customer Reviews
This book in the same way depicts Julia Child as an intense and creative person. My children from 9 y.o. to 4 y.o. loved the book. Afterwards we watched a few YouTube videos of Julia Child cooking on her famous cooking show.
As we read, we practiced french words and Julia's excitement for cooking. We read the book many times over and I highly recommend it. The cat is used in the book to catch the children's attention and hold it there, while the author tells of Child's perseverance to master the art of cooking. The cat does just that, but it does not distract from the main character: Child. In fact, I think the cat plays a very important part as it tells of a more private part of Julia's life.
The illustrations are also beautifully done and so creative. In one part you can see all the rooms of her apartment and how the animals (mice, pigeons and cat) live around it. This book would not be the same without this illustrator. Amy Bates did a beautiful job.
I love the additional information at the end of the book: afterword (where the author shares more on Julia Child's life), Notes, Sources, Glossary and pronunciation guide and the author's note where she shares how she met Julia. All in all, a wonderful children's book: informative, character building and a lovely piece of artwork.
The writing is nice as well. Susanna Reich captures 'catness' to a 'T'. Julia makes delicious concoctions and yet Minette is finicky and would sometimes rather just have a mouse.
I don't know many young children who would interested in haute cuisine before reading this book, so it's an introduction to food that they might not have run across. In addition it shows that Julia and Paul (her husband), since they could not (or chose not to) fill their home with children, warmed their life with family and friends... and of course, Minette the cat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Darling book...story and illustrations tell a wonderful side of Julia's cat.Published 8 months ago by Madison
It's a beautiful book and a captivating depiction of a cat's life. I suspect my grandaughter may like it more than my grandsons.Published 9 months ago by England
Beautiful colored jacket. Makes you want to cook something up in the kitchen! Very cute story about cat with an attitude and the delicious treats she critiques as only a cat can.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A fun book bought for adult chef and cat lover as a gift. She was delighted...Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
gave it to my niece who is a budding chef. She loved it. She watches cooking shows & cooks @ six years old.Published 16 months ago by NAMI NYC
Great little story. I grew up on Julia Child and hope to instill the same love of cooking in my children that my mom (and Julia! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Seth Cargiuolo
This is an elegant book--it's affirming of Julia Child and her cat, a loving and delightful story. It's also witty and smart. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Fred Rutledge