MADAME LAGRANDE AND HER SO HIGH, TO THE SKY, UPROARIOUS POMPADOUR by Candace Fleming

MADAME LAGRANDE AND HER SO HIGH, TO THE SKY, UPROARIOUS POMPADOUR

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Age Range: 3 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Madame LaGrande is fashion's latest slave in pre-Revolutionary Paris. When she hears about the new pompadour style, she rushes out to get herself the biggest and best to flaunt at the opera that night. Her ceiling-scraping monstrosity soon attracts pigeons, cats, poodles, and even the King himself in a suitably histrionic finale at the Grand Opera. While the colors are sometimes dull, the comic, almost Seussian style of illustration is perfectly suited to the atmosphere. So is Fleming's tendency toward over-alliteration, as in ``Three calico cats crouching on a window ledge saw the two plump pigeons pecking in Madame's pompadour.'' The story's length, theme, and complexity may not recommend it to younger readers, but it will reward those school-age children just beginning to struggle to keep up with the latest fads. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: June 30th, 1996
ISBN: 0-679-85835-0
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1996




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