MADELINE AND THE CATS OF ROME by John Bemelmans Marciano

MADELINE AND THE CATS OF ROME

Age Range: 6 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Having inched his way into his grandfather’s spotlight with a Madeline board book and other tie-ins, Marciano tries out a full-dress solo performance here—and makes the grade nicely. Looking and sounding just like the classic episodes, this all-original outing takes Madeline and her schoolmates on a rhymed trip to sunny Rome where, after visiting the Sistine Chapel and other familiar sights, she and Genevieve hare off after a young thief who snatches Miss Clavel’s camera. After a brisk chase they reclaim the camera, but find themselves (briefly) under arrest and also saddled with an entire old houseful of stray cats. Though an unexplained general costume change partway through breaks the visual continuity, Marciano sketches children, tourists and their surroundings with that old, loose, familiar vim—in (as further homage) alternate sets of full-color scenes and pages in yellow and black. Like the newer Amelia Bedelias, this doesn’t exactly take the perennial favorite in new directions, but it does seamlessly extend the series. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-670-06297-3
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Viking
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2008




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