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Madeline and the Bad Hat Paperback – May 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Series: Madeline
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reissue edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140566481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140566482
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

One day the Spanish ambassador moves into the Parisian house next door to Miss Clavel, Madeline, and her 11 classmates. And, His Excellency has a boy! Pepito, as he is named, is not just any boy: according to Madeline, he is a "bad hat"--for starters, he's equipped with an irksome slingshot, he "ghosts," and he boasts. And when Miss Clavel gives him a box of tools to function as an "outlet for his energy," he makes a guillotine for the cook's chickens. ("He ate them ROASTED, GRILLED, AND FRITO! Oh what a horror was PEPITO.") Children will love Ludwig Bemelmans's jaunty rhymes and simple, evocative drawings, and the ferocity with which the feisty Madeline suspects, condemns, and rebuffs the boisterous new boy neighbor. In the end, however, everything comes out right, and we, along with Miss Clavel, can relax. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Ludwig Bemelmans was a painter, illustrator, and writer for both children and adults. The Madeline books are among the most honored children's books of all time. Mr. Bemelmans died in 1962 after completing his sixth story about Madeline, Madeline's Christmas.

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Ludwig Bemelmans (April 27, 1898-October 1, 1962), Austro-American essayist, humorist, novelist, artist, and author of books for children, was born in Meran, in the Tyrol, in territory that was then Austrian and is now Italian. In 1914, he arrived in New York with letters of introduction to managers of several large hotels. Having worked his way up to a position as a waiter at the Ritz-Carlton, he left to enlist in the United States Army in 1917. Eventually he opened his own restaurant; only in 1934 did he turn to writing, at the suggestion of a friend in publishing who, noticing the whimsical paintings with which he covered the walls of his apartment, urged him to undertake a children's book. Hansi, the first of Bemelmans' fifteen books for children, beguiled most reviewers with its simple watercolor illustrations and nostalgic story of two children and their dog in the Austrian Tyrol. His greatest success, however, was Madeline, a rhymed picture book about a Parisian schoolgirl who becomes the envy of her classmates when her appendix is removed. Indeed, the Madeline books, of which there were five, remain the work that Bemelmans is primarily remembered for. The inspired amateurishness of the illustrations and the sophisticated doggerel verses have been an influence on later juvenile literature. Madeline's Rescue, the second book in the series, was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1953. Bemelmans claimed to have no imagination, and all his books were the more or less direct product of his experience. He described his life as a restaurateur in Life Class and Hotel Splendide, his travels to Ecuador and Italy in The Donkey Inside and Italian Holiday, and his stint as a Hollywood screenwriter in the novel Dirty Eddie. At the time of his death he was working on the story of his childhood. Bemelmans was a genial satirist and lover of life, but a serious intent often underlay his humor, especially in his novels. A case in point is Blue Danube, a fanciful story set on an island of the Danube, the comedy of which is very much clouded by the appearance of a band of odious Nazis. A somewhat more successful novel was Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, concerning the unusual journey of an elderly Ecuadorian general from his villa in Biarritz to his home in South America. From the time of his marriage to Madeline Freund in 1935 (they had one daughter, Barbara) until his death in New York of pancreatic cancer, Bemelmans traveled, painted, and generally wrote a book or two a year. Reviewing his posthumous novel, the comic love story The Street Where the Heart Lies, Burling Lowrey in Saturday Review called Bemelmans "a superb craftsman with a sure eye for atmospheric detail and a supremely accurate ear for the speech of Adult Innocents madly in love with the unattainable.. . He was a complete original, with an absolutely unique temperament and view toward the world."

Customer Reviews

In any event, the rhythm of the story is off, and it does not read smoothly.
SC Lady
Perhaps I'm spoiled by Dr. Seuss, or even by the first Madeline book; but I prefer good poetry to bad, and imho this is just bad.
S. Greene
I'm surprised this book isn't better known, given the popularity of the original Madeline book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
Although my daughter and I love Madeline, this particular book was disturbing. Miss Clavel buys Pepito some tools to give him "an outlet for his energy" and he builds a guillotine to decapitate chickens! He turns a cat loose in the midst of a pack of dogs and is then attacked by the dogs, resulting in a visit from the doctor. In the end, of course, Pepito changes his ways. But it in no way compensated for the fact that the majority of the story was, at best, dark. I don't tend to be faint of heart when it comes to literature, but this was not appropriate for my 4-year-old.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
"In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines." In 1939, Ludwig Bemelmans began writing stories about a group of girls in a school in Paris, foremost among whom was the irrepressible Madeline. Those books are now considered classics in children's literature, having collected many awards.

In this Madeline adventure, when the Spanish Ambassador moves in next door, Madeline quickly realizes that his son is definitely a "bad hat." The young man, named Pepito, loves playing tricks - the nastier, the better. But, when a particularly nasty trick backfires on him, Pepito learns a very hard lesson!

This is another great Madeline story. I liked the gentle rhyming of the story, and my little reader liked Pepito's adventures and misadventures. So, let's just say that this book is a classic of children's literature for a reason! My little one and I both highly recommend this great book.
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The third book in the "Madeline" series, this focusses on the wild behavior of Pepito, a troublemaking boy who is meant to be a foil for the mischievous Madeline. The behavior shown is pretty excessive, though: Bemelmans shows the boy tying a cat up in a pillowcase and releasing it into a pack of dogs, which strikes me a way too violent. Certainly not appropriate for smaller (toddler) readers. Even if you liked the other Madeline books, you might want to think twice before picking this one up. It's a little scary.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By rusticblue on November 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Pepito, the boy in this book has a change of heart and goes from being unkind to animals to caring for them. It is a good story. As far as it being "dark" as another reviewer said,well,does that reader eat chickens? That's what Pepito was doing before he learned a new way to live with the animals he came to love.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew McGuire on August 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
The other books are good, but this one is truly entertaining. In the hands of most authors, a character like Pepito would be a failure. He skates and bikes dangerously, captures animals, builds a guillotine to help his chef with the chickens, tries to feed a cat to hungry dogs, and in an act of redemption, releases half a zoo from their cages. But this author pulls it off delightfully. It's not even remotely disturbing, because it's all so ridiculous, and is, in any case, wound up quite neatly. Pepito is a terrific foil to the twelve little girls, and story is tight and witty.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By H. Chao on March 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
While I've generally enjoyed the Madeline series, this story was uncharacteristically and excessively harsh. What adult wants to have to explain a guillotine to a 4-year old child?
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My daughter and I really loved this book! The rhythm of this Madeline book is especially good. It highlights Madeline's courageous, assertive personality as well as her compassionate intuition! A great match with the Madeline movie with Hatty Jones with follows a similiar plot line and is also a family favorite. Enjoy!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine E. Walsh on May 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is my least favorite of the Madeline series actually written by the original author. While full of fun rhymes, the book doesn't particularly hang together - plot sacrificed to rhyme. Did i really want to explain a guillotine to a 4-year-old?
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