MADELINE AT THE WHITE HOUSE by John Bemelmans Marciano


Age Range: 4 - 6
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“In an old white house in Washington, D.C., / Lived as lonely a girl as there can be….” Madeline and her cohorts revisit America in the latest sequel from Bemelmans’ grandson—this time to join the president’s solitary daughter for Easter egg–rolling on the White House lawn. That night (as Miss Clavel and the other girls sleep off the effects of too much party food), Penelope and Madeline enjoy an aerial nighttime tour of the city’s monuments courtesy of the magician introduced in Madeline’s Christmas. As before (Madeline and the Cats of Rome, 2008, etc.), Marciano closes with a note linking this spinoff to his grandfather’s unfinished work. He also pairs verse that channels his esteemed progenitor’s in tone and occasionally forced rhyme to illustrations that make a close but not exact match in style. Sandwiched between endpaper views of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Bemelmans is buried in Arlington), this homage offers a reasonably seamless continuation of the classic series, far closer in lilt and spirit than, for instance, the recent spate of Corduroy and Curious George travesties. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-670-01228-2
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2010


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