A seemingly simple story with seemingly simple illustrations, but Miss Louise Goes To Paris is so much more than that phrase that might suggest: this book is a genuine modern classic. Caroline Hink structures her story so well that, with very few words, she draws you in and pulls you along without ever putting a foot wrong. And the masterful thing is that, like the writer of a great screenplay, she leaves space for the illustrations to add to and expand the story, rather than being simply pictures which replicate what she has already told us. And what pictures we have here! Emma Calder's spare, rather childlike (but at the same time elegant and highly sophisticated) paintings are an absolute wonder, capturing perfectly not just the romance of the tale but the excitement of the narrator (one of Miss Louise's pupils) who is re-telling the story in her own words.
The lightness of touch displayed by both Caroline Hink and Emma Calder make me long for another installment (which I believe is planned) in what surely could be a truly great series of childrens' books. I have already given several copies of this book as presents, to both children and adults, and it has yet to be met with anything other than genuine delight.
I'll say it again: Miss Louise Goes To Paris is a modern classic.