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Reviewed by Ann Linus for Readers' Favorite
Vivienne is a Parisian who sees Paris through regular, everyday eyes. She gets up on a Sunday morning expecting to go about her usual activities when her grand-père asks her a question that turns the day into something special. Do you remember a time when you felt most alive, full of spirit, zestful, and sparkling with enthusiasm? This query sends Vivienne on a quest to explore her city with fresh eyes. She begins her excursion with a visit to the patisserie where she savors the croissant’s buttery richness. Next, Vivienne goes to the opera house where she hears the music like never before and fully appreciates its beauty from a new perspective. She makes several other stops at some of her favorite locations and her exploration leads to what you’ll learn about later on in this children's adventure, Vivienne in Paris by Maria Castellucci Moore.
I enjoyed Vivienne in Paris partly because it reminded me of one of my favorite Netflix series, Emily in Paris, except in this book Vivienne is no foreigner to Paris. The story is about appreciating ordinary, everyday life, which is typically monotonous. I enjoyed the message of the book as well as the vibrant illustrations that were used to depict the story, such as "My taste buds exploded with joy, and my nose traveled through the scents of the regions!” This is just one example of the imagery and personification used to describe Vivienne’s experiences to the reader. Maria Castellucci Moore provides a short yet impactful read and this is a first-rate book ideal for older children who can comprehend its message.