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Kids Fiction 101
imaginative picture book
(Updated: February 21, 2021)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
3.0
PARIS CAT is an imaginative picture book about a cat that lives in an alleyway of Paris but dreams of something more. She tries singing, but that only gets her kicked out. When she stumbles into a seamstress's shop, she learns how to make fanciful clothes, making herself an outfit out of fabric scraps. She then goes to dance onstage with Josephine Baker and her cheetah, starting a career that makes people seek out the Paris Cat. She ultimately returns to her roots with the dancing and costumes.

What I loved: This is quite the imaginative story, and there are a lot of interesting details in the book. Perhaps the most interesting is the context at the end about who the singer, Edith Piaf, and Josephine were and their roles in history. They are much more than what we see in their brief interludes in the book.

What left me wanting more: I would have liked more about these historical figures and more than their performing to be in the book, perhaps with a nod to their wartime contributions. I think the story could have been expanded to include more, but it really only presents them as entertainers. As a small point, the story also reads a bit awkwardly in places.

Final verdict: PARIS CAT is an imaginative picture book about a cat who finds a place in entertainment. The historical context at the end is intriguing and could spark an additional lesson in these interesting individuals.
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