CLARIS THE CHICEST MOUSE IN PARIS, by Megan Hess, Hardie Grant Egmont


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!

Out August 2018

40 pages approx.


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

On first glance, this is a gorgeous presentation of a book.  It’s hardcover, in white, with pinks and gold accents, gold foil pages and amazing artwork.

I absolutely love Claris. The illustrations throughout the book work wonder for the story, which falls a bit flat at times. But for a first picture book, this isn’t too bad.

Claris is cute and I love all her little outfits, color-coordinated ensembles.  The idea of a fashionable mouse loose in Paris is intriguing and fun to read about.  The part that threw me for a loop was when the cat became a friend.  He didn’t fit in the mouse hole and then he did.  He didn’t like being dressed up, then he wore a tuxedo.  Those two things didn’t work for me causing the pacing to jolt around in confusion.

Otherwise, an excellent, well-presented book that is sure to entertain first readers everywhere, especially those who fashion driven like Claris.

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