CLARIS HOLIDAY HEIST
The Chicest Mouse in Paris
By: Megan Hess
Published: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Hardie Grant
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As the title of this series says, Claris is the “chicest mouse in Paris”. But, in this book, the fourth in the series, she is in New York City for the holidays. She is with her friend, Monsieur the cat, and her whole family, including the daughter whom she calls, “Brat”.
Brat is upset that she doesn’t have enough gifts so they head out for the day to shop along Fifth Avenue. Claris is delightfully excited and tries on a number of dresses and outfits perfect for a couture fashion show. As they were leaving the hotel, Claris notices some fellow mice shivering outside in the cold and wind, which made her sad.
While shopping at New York’s Cartier, Monsieur and Claris spot a crime and can’t let the thief get away with the stash. A chase ensues and Claris and Monsieur barely make it back to Cartier in time to join the family leaving for the hotel.
There is a lovely surprise at the end of the adventure and another moment of sweetness to close out the story perfect for the holiday season. Claris shares an important message of kindness and sharing with others as well as not being greedy. Claris is spunky and generous and kids will like her spirit as well as her fashion sense. I didn’t care for her use of the word “Brat” even if the young girl was acting like one.
The illustrations are quite beautiful and make me want to visit New York City during the holidays. I could dream of shopping on Fifth Avenue and live vicariously through Claris.
Children who love dressing up, have a spunky character, or love Christmas stories will enjoy the adventures of Claris and Monsieur in New York City.
Megan Hess is an acclaimed fashion illustrator who works with some of the most prestigious designers and luxury brands around the world, such as Chanel, Dior, Cartier, Prada, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co. She is the official illustrator for Bloomingdales New York, and completed the cover artwork for all of Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell’s books, as well as a private commission for Michelle Obama, and has collaborated with Gwyneth Paltrow for the ‘Blo’ Blow Dry Bar campaign. For more check out Megan and Claris at her website, HERE.