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MADELINE by Ludwig Bemelmans Kirkus Star


by Ludwig Bemelmans

Pub Date: June 15th, 1939
ISBN: 014056439X
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Yes, it will sell:- (1) because it is Ludwig Bemelmans and a beautiful book; (2) because Bemelmans' sense of humor tickles the risibilities of adults and they buy books. Children may like the absurdities, but actually, the appeal is not juvenile. The charm of the pictures (other than the coloring itself) lies in the identification with familiar and recognizable objects. And the text is not keyed to the interests or understanding of the average child.