Like Author Like Character, Bemelman’s Madeline Out-Spunks Princess What’s-Her-Name Any Day.

Certain classic children’s books are so obvious that I forget their place in our little library. Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline is one such story that jumped off the shelf as I rummaged a second-hand book shop.

Perhaps the most charming tale of a little French girl’s spunk and bravery, the 1939 book Madeline remains a favorite book in our selection. While the original Madeline may be considered a girl’s book, boys will find adventure in sequels like Madeline and The Bad Hat when Pepito, the naughty Spanish Ambassador’s son, moves in next door to the “old house in Paris that was covered in vines”.

Pepito, the bad hat.

Accompanying his rhythmic verse about “twelve little girls in two straight lines”, Bemelmans nicely illustrates Parisian landmarks too. Ev has now added the Eiffel Tower to her skyscraper list (only to be confused with radio towers)!

p.s. We recently discovered the Madeline cartoons which compliment the books nicely and have once again made Madeline our number one bedtime story.

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4 thoughts on “Like Author Like Character, Bemelman’s Madeline Out-Spunks Princess What’s-Her-Name Any Day.

  1. Funny I read this to Hailey the other night; even more funny she has a brand new crisp book that you bought her meanwhile little Ev has the old torn version. We can trade if you wan’t:)

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