Mim and the Anxious Artist Book Review

Mim and the Anxious Artist is the third book in the Travelling Bookshop series by Katrina Nannestad. I would like to thank Harper Collins Australia for the review copy.


Mim Cohen roams the world in a travelling bookshop, with her dad and brother and a horse called Flossy. Flossy leads them where she will, to the place where they’re needed most … the place where the perfect book will find its way home. 

Now Mim has arrived in elegant Paris where she meets Pierre, a talented but anxious artist who cannot bear to give up his paintings, even to sell them. He’s miserable and poor. His customers are cross. 

Mim knows they’re here to help Pierre. To calm him down. To turn him into a successful artist. To make him truly happy. 

If only Mim could find him the right book. If only Dad would stop getting muddled and giving everyone the wrong book.


It is also fun to rejoin the Cohen family on another adventure and this time it is in Paris. The characters are always loveable with Mim adding to her word collection, Nat obsessing with a new letter, S, and Dad still coming across as muddled to Mim. You also have Daisy and Flossy which feature in this adventure.

All the characters are relatable, especially the anxious artist Pierre, who is a fabulous artist but can’t bear to sell his artworks. We all have a Pierre within us who can’t bear to part with our creations as we have put our hearts and joy into it/

The book is medium paced and has strong messages of finding calm in unexpected places and keeping our minds open. Maybe a book that doesn’t seem right or suit, is the perfect fit that sparks an idea that helps you with a problem.

It is perfect for readers 7 years and older.

5/5 stars

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