Claris: the Chicest Mouse in Paris is our newest tiny fashion icon! We love her!

Title: Claris the Chicest Mouse in Paris
Author and Illustrator: Megan Hess
Rating: 9
Source: Raincoast Books for review

Description from Goodreads:

An infectious rhyming tale about courage, compassion and a stylish little mouse, from international fashion illustrator Megan Hess.

Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris follows an adorable mouse who dreams of moving to Paris to follow her fashion dreams. One day, she bravely takes the leap – only to find a mean little girl with a horrible-looking cat standing in the way of her perfect Parisian apartment! Can Claris use all her wit, warmth and – of course – style to make her dreams come true?

Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris is the first picture book in a dazzling new series for lovers of Eloise and Olivia. Destined to delight fashion-obsessed readers of all ages!

What I Thought:

Claris: the Chicest Mouse in Paris is a heartwarming story about following your heart in every way. The mice in her provincial town just don’t understand her, so when a hot air balloon with some dapper gentlemen frogs in it floats by, she (literally) takes a leap of faith to join them! Paris is everything she hoped it would be, and she even finds herself a little nook with a stellar view of the Eiffel Tower. The only catch is her neighbours – they both seem to be miserable creatures.

After seeing how the girl treats the poor cat however (she dresses him in the most horribly uncomfortable and terrible clothing), she can’t stop herself from helping him out, putting herself in mortal peril to do so. But thankfully rather than turning her into a Claris baguette, the cat is a complete gentleman. He thanks her. And he helps her set up her apartment with dollhouse furniture. AND he even swipes her some doll’s clothing that she can use to create the perfect Parisian pieces!

This story shows that if you follow your heart, and are kind to others, there’s no telling where you might end up – or with whom you’ll be!

The rhyming is wonderful (something that is very easy to get wrong in a book) and the pace was perfect as a read-aloud. The mostly black and white illustrations are highlighted with pops of gold and pink, which gives the book a wonderfully stylish feel. Très magnifique! I also spent way too long trying to figure out if her garbage bag dress was a photograph of a bag or an illustration – it was so realistic!

This book would be the perfect gift for the little fashionista in your life. Everything from the gold-embossed cover to the whimsical dresses are sure to delight. And of course there is some perfect designer name-dropping: Vanity Fair, Vogue, Dior, Chanel and more all make appearances.

I loved that it had a picture of Megan Hess at the end – she seems very chic indeed! Check out her work with Dior, Prada and more on her website. And don’t forget to check out the book!

What Evelyn Thought:

I think the pictures were very nice, the dresses were very beautiful! I liked that she was a fancy mouse. My favourite part of the story was when she designed all the dresses, the second one from the end was my favourite because it was so beautiful. And I love her eyelashes. It taught me to help people and then you can become friends with them. She was a kind mouse. That was good. It’s important to be nice. I really liked how fancy the story was!