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Madeline and the Old House in Paris Hardcover – October 8, 2013

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2–Madeline and her friend Pepito come to the aid of a sad spirit in this offering from Bemelmans's grandson. Ghoulish groans of “Woo-hoo” from the attic make the orphans and Pepito cry “Boohoo,” but Madeline heads off to investigate and says, “Pooh-pooh” when confronted with the apparition of Felix de Lamorte. The former astronomer, who has been waiting 221 years for the return of a comet so he may rest in peace, is devastated because his telescope has been stolen by the head of the school. In ghostly disguise, Madeline and Pepito pay the thief a midnight visit: “Awake! Awake! Lord Cucuface!/and save yourself from foul disgrace!/You've crossed a line that's awfully fine/by taking what is rightly mine.” Marciano's full-color illustrations faithfully recreate such iconic images as Miss Clavel and “twelve little girls in two straight lines.” The background scenes feature Parisian chateaus and the Seine. Although the rhyming text lacks the accomplished flair of the original books, Madeline's fans will enjoy her adventures.–Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canadaα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Marciano, the grandson of Madeline’s creator, gets the look and feel of the Madeline books exactly right in his fourth addition to Madeline’s adventures. The lives of Miss Clavel and her 12 Parisian orphan-girl charges, who walk, eat, and sleep “in two straight lines,” are disrupted when the mean-spirited Lord Cucuface makes a surprise inspection visit. Against Miss Clavel’s protests, he enters the supposedly haunted attic, where he finds an antique telescope, which he instantly claims. Madeline awakes in the middle of the night to hear ghastly moans from the attic, and states, “Something is not right.” Madeline and the girls soon discover a bewigged eighteenth-century ghost who says he can never rest until he can view the return of the comet that caused his death centuries ago. The action hurtles along, aided by Madeline’s madcap friend Pepito, ending in a very funny revenge on the headmaster and a wonderful resolution to the ghost story. Fans won’t want to miss a beat. Preschool-Grade 2. --Connie Fletcher
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Madeline
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670784850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670784851
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Bemelmans Marciano is the grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the original Madeline books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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My children loved MADELINE. They loved reading the books over and over, enjoying the rhyming especially. Even into their early teens. For example, if they spied a copy of the book lying nearby, they could not stop themselves from picking it up and going through it page by page, with smiles and satisfaction, not to say, delight! I did not know that Ludwig Bemelmans' grandson was now writing about Madeline. I can't wait to get copies of his work to enjoy, and to compare with his grandfather's. So, although the publisher may describe MADELINE as a book for 3 to 5 year olds, I would say it is a book for all ages. My age is 85, and I am drawn to MADELINE as strongly as ever. My thanks to National Public Radio for this morning's report and interview with John Bemelmans.
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I recently attended a wonderful yearly event, the Princeton Children’s Book Festival. This is a day when over 50 authors and illustrators come to Princeton, NJ and sit outside the library at tables with big stacks of their books just waiting to be signed for eager children (and adults). While maneuvering through the crowds, which seem to get bigger every year, a Madeline book caught my eye. I grew up reading about the French orphan and her many adventures, and I thought surely the author isn’t here. He can’t still be alive. Those books were old when I was young. But there was a gentleman sitting at the table in front of several Madeline books, so while he chatted with a child and parent, I picked a book up and flipped to the “about the author” portion on the back flap. Here I read that this man, John Bemelmans Marciano, is grandson to Madeline’s original creator, Ludwig Bemelmans, and “carries on the Madeline legacy.” So I purchased a copy of Madeline and the Old House in Paris and thought I’d see how it compared to the Madeline stories I knew and loved.

Marciano has used the familiar characters, including the titular Madeline, Miss Clavel, and neighbor boy Pepito. In this story, the head of the school where Madeline lives (“the old house in Paris” referred to in the title), Lord Cucuface, comes to visit and takes a telescope he finds in the attic. Later that night, awakened by a strange noise, Madeline leads her classmates back to the attic and finds a ghost. The ghost reveals himself to be Felix de Lamorte, and the telescope Lord Cucuface took belongs to him. He needs it back so he can witness a comet that only comes every 221 years. Madeline and Pepito devise a plan to scare Lord Cucuface and return Lamorte’s telescope to its rightful owner in time to see the comet.
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I think the Bemelmans Marciano may be a better rhymer than his grandfather. My 9-year-old loved it. Hope he publishes more.
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My daughters and I love Madeline, and love all of the Madeline books. This one was excellent, and the text was beautiful, lively and fun. I'd say this is best for ages 5 and up. My 7 year old and I loved it, but I'm going to wait to read it to my 3 year old until she's older, since the story feels a bit more grown-up than the original Madeline.
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Any book of Madeline's adventures is a joy to hold. However, this is not up there with the original classics that won Caldecott Medals and Honors. Fans will love this newest journey for Madeline, but it is far from being a great picture book.
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It's a great story. We love all the Madeline books. This one focuses on the all-important "old house in Paris that is covered with vines."
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By nani on February 18, 2014
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My grandaughter is in awe of Madeline..the stories are so wonderful and exciting!! The illustrations catch the eye and are very dreamy.
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