HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MADAME CHAPEAU by Andrea Beaty

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MADAME CHAPEAU

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Age Range: 4 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The world’s most elegant milliner loses her birthday bonnet, and the whole city rushes to help.

“In a three-story house with a shop down below / lived the world’s finest hatmaker, Madame Chapeau.” Madame Chapeau spends her days making hats for everyone, but her evenings are very lonely. However, each year on her birthday, she carefully unpacks a special hat to wear out to dinner to a fancy restaurant (the brilliantly named Chez Snooty-Patoot). But this year, a crow steals her hat! A baker, a policeman, a cowboy and many others offer their own, very particular, caps to replace it, but Madame Chapeau can’t take a hat away from its perfect owner. “She knew that each hat—with its feathers or fur— / was made for someone who was simply not her.” Luckily, a small tot with lots of fuzzy yarn saves the day. With a text that can only be described as jaunty (and masterful in its inventive settings on the page), Beaty carries the bounces and lilts to the very last page. Roberts’ colorful, exaggerated hats (many of which are modeled on real designs) whimsically adorn the multicultural Parisian public. An appended artist’s note describes Roberts’ inspirations.

The underlying suggestion that no one is as alone as they believe is lovely enough, but the fun of reading this aloud elevates it even more. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 2nd, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4197-1219-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2014




Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >

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