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

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Harry N. Abrams, May 1, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
25 Reviews
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.” —The Atlantic
“This charming portrait...” —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."
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

STARRED REVIEWS
“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

Award
Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Picture Book

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Review: Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat

User Review  - Marsha - Goodreads

I wanted to like this book; I really did. I generally like books about cats and the people they own. While the illustrations are gorgeous—broad swaths of color over penciled lines—and the story ... Read full review

Review: Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat

User Review  - Denise - Goodreads

A beautiful picture book with detailed paintings of Julia Child and her cat. With some French vocabulary and a pronunciation guide at the back, this is a lovely story to share with my French Immersion students. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

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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