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by Ludwig Bemelmans
Paperback from Viking Juvenile
ISBN: 014056439X

Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl's trip to the hospital is as appealing today as it was in 1940. The combination of spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, cheerful humor, and rhythmic text makes "Madeline" a perennial favorite with children of all ages. Full color.

No child could resist this adorable, 9-inch-tall, rag-doll-soft Madeline--complete with appendix-removal scar! This Parisian schoolgirl sports a jaunty felt hat with a trailing black ribbon, perfect for the mischievous redhead who is not afraid of mice and pooh-poohs the tiger at the zoo. Her blue sailor dress is removable for frequent scar viewing! Each doll comes in a big, splashy gift box (12 inches by 12 inches by 4 inches) with one unabridged paperback edition of Ludwig Bemelmans's original Madeline ("and that's all there is--there isn't any more"). (Ages 3 and older)

Ludwig Bemelmans
Are you mad about Madeline? This delightful edition folds out into a three-dimensional, five-pointed carousel with five panels that reveal selected scenes from the book based on Ludwig Bemelmans's illustrations and presented diorama-style. Our favorite panel depicts Madeline standing on top of her bed showing her scar to 11 somber little girls, as Miss Clavel smiles in the background. The complete text of the original 1939 Madeline folds out like an accordion on the flip side of the panels. We can't resist this excellently engineered pop-up Parisian carousel, and we can almost guarantee squeals of delight from young Madeline fans. (Ages 4 and older) --Karin Snelson -
by Ludwig Bemelmans
Paperback from Puffin
ISBN: 0140501983

"Bemelmans' drawings have put an authentic Paris within the covers of this book. The rhymes in which the tale is told make it one that children will enjoy repeating."--The New York Times. Caldecott Honor Book; ALA Notable Children's Book. Full-color illustrations.

Poor Miss Clavel! In "an old house in Paris that was covered with vines," Miss Clavel oversees the education of 12 little girls, the littlest of whom is the mischievous Madeline. Despite her size, she fearlessly pooh-poohs the tiger in the zoo and frightens Miss Clavel with her adventurous antics. When she awakens the entire house with her plaintive cries in the middle of the night, Doctor Cohn whisks the appendicitis-stricken Madeline off to the hospital where, some two hours later, she awakens to find a scar on her stomach! The scar (not to mention the flowers, toys, and candy given to Madeline by her father) proves quite interesting to the rest of Miss Clavel's charges when they make a special trip to visit her. Ludwig Bemelmans's lilting rhymes are music to children's ears, and the quirky, oddly perfect drawings of the girls in "two straight lines" lend an enticing Parisian flavor to this perennial children's favorite. (Ages 3 to 8)

Mad About Madeline
Mad About Madeline
by Ludwig Bemelmans
Hardcover from Viking Juvenile
ISBN: 0670888168

For over sixty years, Madeline's adventures have enthralled her ever-growing audience. This collection brings together all six of the Madeline books in one volume. Every well-loved word and picture is here, plus an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen, an essay by Ludwig Bemelmans on how he created Madeline, and working sketches of Madeline, as well as photos of the Bemelmans family. This landmark volume will be treasured by the entire family.

This elegant volume--perhaps one of the best gift books on the planet--contains all six adventures of the irrepressible, mischievous Madeline (the smallest and spunkiest of the twelve little girls in two straight lines). Ludwig Bemelmans's Madeline was first published in 1939, and its five sequels have all become classics. In Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen's introduction to Mad About Madeline she writes, "Amid a childhood full of children's books, amid glorious pictures and imaginative plots, it is worth wondering why this story is among a handful of books that now-grown children invariably buy for their own more than half a century after Ludwig Bemelmans began writing it on the back of a restaurant menu."

Inside this hefty, richly illustrated edition, you'll find Madeline, Madeline and the Bad Hat, Madeline's Rescue, Madeline and the Gypsies, Madeline in London, and Madeline's Christmas, in addition to Quindlen's splendidly insightful introduction, an essay by Bemelmans on how he invented Madeline, never-before-published working sketches of Madeline, and photos of the Bemelmans family. The perfect gift for anyone who has made friends with--or should be introduced to--the precocious Madeline. (The jaunty verse makes Madeline perfect for reading aloud, and readers ages 6 and older will enjoy sounding out names such as Lord Cucuface.)

Madeline in London
Madeline in London
by Ludwig Bemelmans
Paperback from Live Oak Media
ISBN: 159112817X

"Bemelmans' drawings have put an authentic Paris within the covers of this book. The rhymes in which the tale is told make it one that children will enjoy repeating."--The New York Times. Caldecott Honor Book; ALA Notable Children's Book.

What on earth could make Miss Clavel, Madeline, and her 11 nameless classmates leave belle Paris for the tea-and-crumpeted, sometimes trumpeted city of London? A mission to cheer up the lonely, thin, increasingly despondent Pepito, son of the Spanish ambassador, who had to move away from his house next door to Madeline's in Paris. In their efforts to cheer him up, and for a birthday surprise, Miss Clavel and the girls buy him a retired horse. All is fine until the horse gallops off at the sound of the trumpet to take his place at the head of the queen's Life Guards (his occupation before retiring). As readers whoosh through busy London scenes, we forget the horse has had nothing to eat all day. Upon his return to Pepito's home, he eats everything in sight: "The gardener dropped his garden hose. / There wasn't a daisy or a rose. / 'All my work and all my care / For nought! Oh, this is hard to bear.'" Meanwhile, as the horse is passed out from exhaustion and overeating, Pepito's mother says he has to go. And so Madeline and the others take the horse home with them to Paris, where "They brushed his teeth and gave him bread, / And covered him up / and put him to bed." Ludwig Bemelmans charms us again with the uniquely skewed logic and matter-of-fact madness of childhood that young readers will adore. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson

Madeline In America And Other Holiday Tales
Madeline In America And Other Holiday Tales
by Ludwig Bemelmans, John Bemelmans Marciano
Hardcover from Arthur A. Levine Books
ISBN: 0590039105

In this beautiful gift book, John Bemelmans Marciano has brought to fruition a neverbefore-published manuscript written by his grandfather Ludwig - the tale of Madeline's only trip to America and her holiday adventures. Includes two more of Bemelmans's wonderful Christmas stories.

Madeline, in all her incarnations over six decades, has remained first and foremost one of "twelve little girls in two straight lines" in an old house in Paris. Now, with news that will astound her many fans, not to mention Madeline herself, she and her 11 cohorts find themselves on their way to Texas, U.S.A. Madeline a wealthy cowgirl? Why not! She handles her marvelous windfall with her usual aplomb, donning denim and boots to hop aboard a horse for a tour of her newly inherited gold mines, stampeding cattle herds, and gushing oil fields. At the end of the day, Miss Clavel prepares to tuck 12 little girls into bed--but wait... there are only 11! Where's Madeline?

Traditionalists need not fear that wealth will corrupt their favorite little orphan. Some surprises are still in store, even for Madeline.

While sorting through his grandfather's files, artist and writer John Bemelmans Marciano discovered the manuscript and pencil sketches for this last of the much-loved Madeline series. With great respect, Marciano completed the project with full-color paintings, and added two more of Bemelmans's holiday classics--"The Count and the Cobbler" and "Sunshine"--to create a collection no Bemelmans and Madeline devotee can do without. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright 1999 by Barbara Bemelmans, Madeline Bemelmans, and John Bemelmans Marciano. Used by permission of Scholastic Inc.) (Ages 4 to 8--or all ages, of course) --Emilie Coulter

Madeline s Rescue
Madeline's Rescue
by Ludwig Bemelmans
Hardcover from Live Oak Media
ISBN: 1591128102

The lively adventures of the twelve famous little girls and Genevieve the dog take readers once more to Bemelmans' unique and delightful Paris. A Caldecott Award Book. Full-color illustrations.

It took Ludwig Bemelmans years to think of Madeline's next adventure after the 1939 original Madeline, but he did it, and the result was Madeline's Rescue, winner of the 1954 Caldecott Medal. One day on a walk through Paris (a "twelve little girls in two straight lines" kind of walk), Madeline slips and falls off a bridge right into the Seine. Everyone feared she would be dead, "But for a dog / That kept its head," saving her from a "watery grave." What choice do Madeline and the girls have but to take the heroic pooch home, feed her biscuits, milk, and beef, and name her Genevieve? Sadly, when Lord Cucuface gets wind of the new dog, he decrees that no dogs will be allowed in the "old house in Paris that was covered with vines," and kicks Genevieve out on the street. Madeline vows vengeance, and the girls scour Paris looking for the pup: "They went looking high / and low / And every place a dog might go. / In every place they called her name / But no one answered to the same." As we've come to expect from Bemelmans, all's well that ends well chez Clavel, and young readers will be tickled by this heartwarming, quirky dog story with a surprise finale. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson

Madeline and the Bad Hat
Madeline and the Bad Hat
by Ludwig Bemelmans
Paperback from Viking Juvenile
ISBN: 0140566481

The Spanish Ambassador has moved next door, and Madeline knows right away that his son, Pepito, is bad news. He's mean to animals! Then one day Pepito goes too far--will a run-in with an angry cat be enough to reform this bad hat?

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

Bemelmans: The Life and Art of Madeline s Creator
Bemelmans: The Life and Art of Madeline's Creator
by John Bemelmans Marciano
Hardcover from Viking Juvenile
ISBN: 067088460X

"There is life in everything--why didn't I paint it long ago?" --Ludwig Bemelmans
Although best known for his Madeline books, Ludwig Bemelmans' creativity extended far beyond the old house in Paris. He was a novelist and a non-fiction writer, as well as a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Vogue, Holiday, and Town and Country. He also painted murals in a bar at the Carlyle Hotel that still bears his name. Throughout his life he was a celebrated bon vivant who experienced a rich variety of people, places and personalities. He even sold a screenplay to MGM, and planned to collaborate on a book with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Late in his life Bemelmans became a serious painter, and today his work can be found in such leading museums as the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Musee National d'Art of Paris, and many others. In this elegant volume his fascinating life story is told through letters, photographs, sketches, illustrations, paintings and excerpts from both his published writings and his private journals, all selected by his grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano, who has also written a running text to guide the reader through the story. The final part of the book explores Bemelmans' creative process while working on the Madeline books. This handsomely designed and lavishly illustrated book showcases Bemelmans' art and writing and illuminates the relationship between the man and his work.
John Bemelmans Marciano lives in New York City.

"We are writing for Children but not for Idiots." Madeline's creator was a man of strong opinions, which always makes for a fascinating life. His legacy was Madeline; however, Ludwig Bemelmans was also a novelist, a muralist, a nonfiction writer, a screenwriter, an oil painter, and an all-around bon vivant. In this elegant account, Bemelmans's life story is told through paintings, sketches, letters, photographs, and excerpts from published and unpublished writings. Fans of the stories about the charmingly impetuous little orphan girl (Mad About Madeline) will be dazzled by the rest of Bemelmans's artistic body of work, as well as by his irrepressible spirit. Entertaining tidbits will amuse and amaze: once, on a trip to Germany, Bemelmans placed his cigar stub over his lip and launched into a Hitler impression near a crowd of Nazi supporters. Thinking nothing more about it, he and his wife returned to their hotel, where his wife, on a lark, painted the sleeping Bemelmans's toes pink. The next day he was arrested for his little prank. When his toenails were discovered, the police tossed him in the cell for homosexuals!

John Bemelmans Marciano, grandson of Bemelmans, provides a running text to guide the readers through Bemelmans's own words and pictures, providing a shape to the life story that will leave admirers of Madeline and her creator thoroughly satisfied. --Emilie Coulter

Madeline s Christmas (Puffin Storytime)
Madeline's Christmas (Puffin Storytime)
by Ludwig Bemelmans
Paperback from Puffin
ISBN: 0142408972

Puffin continues to update the Puffin Storytapes™ audio program and convert the cassette tapes to compact discs. This season, we're adding two more titles to our list of Puffin Storytime™ packages.

Madeline's Christmas, Ludwig Bemelmans' classic tale of a little French girl named Madeline as she celebrates Christmas, is perfect for this holiday season.These Puffin picture books will be accompanied by a compact disc that features a professional reading of the unabridged story. Perfect for road trips or quiet bedtime reading, as well as story time, preschool, and home school,Puffin Storytime: Madeline's Christmas is sure to please children and parents alike.

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring because of a nasty, contagious illness--even the mouse is in bed with a miserable cold. Only brave Madeline is up and about ... competently running the household until she hears a knock at the door--a visitor whom she suspects might be Santa Claus. Instead it is a magical-rug merchant, with 12 red carpets that Madeline thinks would be perfect for the 12 girls and "For our ice-cold in the morning feet." She procures a few francs from Miss Clavel and pays the merchant. Without his rugs, however, he is very chilly, and he feels quite silly for having sold them. He returns to the old house (still covered in vines), where Madeline helps him thaw out, and he works a little Christmas magic--sending the girls on cross-country carpet rides to surprise their parents. Of course, Miss Clavel's bell breaks the spell and they're all back in time to celebrate the New Year. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson

Madeline : A Pop-Up Book Based on the Original Ludwig Bemelmans
With its lively verse, beautiful scenes of Paris, and fun-filled action spreads, the pop-up edition of Madeline will delight children who meet her for the first time--and enchant those who already love her. Full-color illustrations.
Publisher: Viking Press
Madeline and the Gypsies Ludwig Bemelmans, School & Library Binding
Madeline Ludwig Bemelmans, School & Library Binding
Madeline (edicion en espanol) Ludwig Bemelmans, et al, Paperback
Madeline/Spanish Ludwig Bemelmans, School & Library Binding
Madeline in London Ludwig Bemelmans, Paperback
Madeline in London Ludwig Bemelmans, School & Library Binding
Madeline Paper Dolls Ludwig Bemelmans, Jody Wheeler (Illustrator), Paperback
Madeline Playtime Activity Book Ludwig Bemelmans, Paperback
Madeline's Rescue Ludwig Bemelmans, Paperback
Madeline's Rescue Ludwig Bemelmans, School & Library Binding
Madeline's Christmas Ludwig Bemelmans, Paperback
Madeline's Christmas Activity Book Ludwig Bemelmans, Jody Wheeler (Illustrator), Paperback
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Lost in Paris VHS ()
This 75-minute animated feature is a bright new adventure of Ludwig Bemelmans's French heroine, a much better direction than the ho-hum 1998 live-action film. The makers of the pleasant 30-minute Madeline animated videos--including ace narrator Christopher Plummer--create a rich enough story for this longer video. A man (voiced by Jason Alexander) appears at the French school for girls announcing that he is Madeline's long-lost uncle. First overjoyed that she has family, Madeline confronts her emotions in leaving her friends and Miss Clavel. But something is not right, and Madeline is soon lost in the big city with her trusty friends in pursuit. Of course, all will end well, and usually in rhyme, when it comes to Madeline. A fresh dose of new songs makes this Madeline tale--the first released by Disney--a real keeper. Ages 2 and up. --Doug Thomas -

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