Miss Mink Life lessons for a cat countess

Janet Hill, 1974-

Book - 2019

Cat governess Marcella Mink imparts twenty lessons that are practical and playful for cats and humans alike.

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[Toronto], Tundra Books [2019]
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Janet Hill, 1974- (author)
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess, Hill introduced an elegant governess with a host of canine companions. In the sequel, readers meet Miss Mink, who lives in a house by the sea with 67 cats and offers sage advice for bountiful living, self-care, and savoring precious moments. "Be a little mysterious," she suggests, pictured face-to-face with the Mona Lisa, a cat on each shoulder. Standing beneath a large, red umbrella with her "clowder of cats" ensures that she will "never let a few raindrops spoil the day," and, aboard The Cat's Meow, of her "feline-friendly cruise company," she encourages readers to "let your curiosity lead you to exciting new places." Hill's sumptuous art is infused with a 1920s-era glamour, particularly evident in the cat countess's lush wardrobe of flapper dresses, scarves, and fur dusters. Being a cat lady has never been more divine. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review by Kirkus Book Review

Miss Mink, human "cat countess," relates 20 lessons she has gleaned from her 67 cats.According to the introduction, Marcella Mink became a cat countess by welcoming those 67 cats into her mansion by the sea. She started her own cruise-ship line when her kitties were denied boarding privileges on other lines. Despite a successful business, she was sad until she learned the 20 lessons presented here from her cats. "Lesson One: Start the day off right with a proper grooming." Miss Mink brushes her hair at a lavish vanity while her many feline friends (of a great many breeds) get their grooming on around her. "Lesson Five: Eat your greens first and dessert will taste even sweeter." Miss Mink enjoys (and shares with a puss) a salad while her cats munch catnip and various household greenery. Lesson 16 counsels a catnap in the afternoon, and 19 suggests that friendships will lend needed support. Hill's whimsical self-help tome, a companion to her canine-focused Miss Moon (2016), would make a splendid gift for any feline fan. Her illustrations, oils on canvas, have a 1920s flair to judge by the white human protagonist's hair and attire, and they tweak the life lessons and adages they accompany with a touch of feline humor.Pretty and positive (and posh). (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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