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The Little Palace

by Jeffery Erlacher

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I read this with my 9 year old. It took us a bit to get into it, but we enjoyed it. He loved all of the animal characters and I found the story charming. Overall a good read. ( )
  stephivist | Aug 24, 2020 |
This book seemed slow to start, but I became interested in the story once I got into it. It took a little time to get the characters straight. The story takes place in France, in a tiny restaurant called "The Little Palace." The author took a unique theme upon which to build the story, which is the personification of animals. These artsy animals form an integral part of the restaurant. They pitch in and help the humans who run the restaurant, and often save the day with their antics.The story is both poignant and humorous. I received this book from Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  LadyoftheLodge | Jul 9, 2020 |
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During World War I on a tiny island in the Seine sits The Little Palace, a restaurant run by master chef and cheese maker, Narcisse. Narcisse happens to be a cat who believes in equality and service for all. The stress of the war has allowed for animals and humans to communicate in ways unknown before. With the help of a very special group of animals, Narcisse has made The Little Palace an oasis for good food, company and a refuge for artists. In the cafe animals and humans work side by side; however, one of the servers at The Little Palace believes that animals and humans should not be equal. The server hatches a plan that damages the reputation of The Little Palace. At the same time Narcisse gets word that her father has been injured in the war.

A creative and charming story that highlights the animals that, without choice, serve alongside of us in the midst of war. Written for a middle grade and teenage audience, The Little Palace resonates with adults as well as with themes such as equal rights, justice and kindness. At first I thought the anthropomorphic animals characters were the only characters in the book, however when I learned that humans were also characters, I became very intrigued at their interactions. I do wish the mechanism for the human and animal communication was brought up earlier in the story, although it made sense once it was finally disclosed. I loved the camaraderie between the many species of animals and their willingness to help in the war that was decidedly human.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. ( )
  Mishker | May 23, 2020 |
This book seemed slow to start, but I became interested in the story once I got into it. It took a little time to get the characters straight. The story takes place in France, in a tiny restaurant called "The Little Palace." The author took a unique theme upon which to build the story, which is the personification of animals. These artsy animals form an integral part of the restaurant. They pitch in and help the humans who run the restaurant, and often save the day with their antics.The story is both poignant and humorous. I received this book from Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  LadyoftheLodge | Apr 12, 2020 |
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” A hundred years ago, during WWI, there was a tiny island in the middle of the Seine that held the best restaurant in all of Paris called Le Minipalais —The Little Palace. Head chef, and businesscat, Narcisse, believed it was necessary to create a refuge for the artists of Paris, animals and humans alike. The Little Palace has a cast of memorable characters that help us make sense of a time of war, a time in our shared world history.
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