Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Catby Susanna Reich, Amy Bates (Illustrator)
Minette’s Feast introduces the iconic American chef Julia Child to a new audience of young readers through the story of her spirited cat, Minette, whom Julia adopted when living in Paris. While Julia is in the kitchen learning to master delicious French dishes, the only feast Minette is truly interested in is that of fresh mouse! This lively story is complete with an author’s note, a bibliography, and actual quotations from Julia Child and comes just in time for the 100th anniversary of her birth.
Praise for Minette's Feast
“Foodie parents who love cats will love to read this delightful book to their kids.”
“This charming portrait...”
"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."
"A charming picture book."
The New York Times Sunday Book Review
"Amy Bates uses pencil and watercolor to crate artwork that is as playful as Minette the cat."
Library Media Connection
“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
Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Picture Book
- Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 5 Years
Meet the Author
Susanna Reich is an award-winning author of many fiction and nonfiction books. She lives in Ossining, New York. Visit www.susannareich.com. Amy Bates is the illustrator of The Dog Who Belonged to No One and Bear in the Air. She splits her time between the United States and Tokyo.
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This is a sweet children's book that tells the story of Julia Child's time in Paris from her cat's point of view. Though Minette, the cat, is presented with numerous, delectable treats created in Julia's kitchen, she still prefers her favourite meal of all, Mouse. My kids loved the slight ryhming of the test and the various french phrases scattered throughout. I loved all the cooking references and the beautiful illustrations. I said I bought the book for my kids, but secretly it was for me.
What a wonderful way to introduce Julia Child to children. The text makes both kids and grown-ups smile and the illustrations are beautiful. My kids loved it!
Sorry, but I returned the book. It was nothing like I expected. It was more like a childrens book.