“A house without a cat is like life without sunshine.”
So wrote Julia Child about living life without a cat, and so Minette Mimosa McWilliams Child came into her life. The story of Julia Child, her husband Paul, and the less widely known member of their family, Minette, is chronicled in Susanna Reich’s new children’s book, “Minette’s Feast, the Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat.”
Dripping with charm, Reich tells the story of Julia Child’s life in Paris with playful turns of phrases bound to bring smiles to the faces children and adults alike. The wonderful storytelling is elegantly simple, yet it captures volumes about Julia Child and who she really was through her loving and devoted interactions with her cat.
The story follows Julia’s discovery of her love for French cooking, her practice efforts, from which Minette benefitted tremendously in the form of leftovers, and ultimately her enrollment in Le Cordon Bleu. Meanwhile, Minette is exposed to a variety of tasty treats, but nothing can beat her favorite, a mouse consumed right on the living room rug.
With gorgeous illustrations bursting with colors in nostalgic shades of auburn and sienna, “Minette’s Feast” is a feast for the eyes as much as Susanna Reich’s storytelling is a feast for the heart. This is a book children will treasure throughout childhood.
Though my daughter Leilani is only two, she couldn’t resist the beautiful illustrations, and she enjoyed my reading much of the book aloud to her. I have no doubt that this will be a book we will enjoy returning to again and again as she grows up.
The illustrations even piqued the interest of my own cat, Misu!
My thanks to Abrams for providing me with a copy of “Minette’s Feast” to review.
Watch for our giveaway to win a copy of “Minette’s Feast,” coming soon!