Madeline At the White House, John Bemelmans Marciano


Madeline At the White House, John Bemelmans Marciano, Viking, (9780670012282), 2011

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book? This addition to the classic Madeline series is written and illustrated by the grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans.  Madeline, along with Miss Clavel and the other girls, travel to Washington D.C. to visit the daughter of the U.S. President for Easter.  Miss Penelope Randall is a young girl nicknamed Candle due to a curl atop her head.  She finds life lonely in the white House and is thrilled to be visited by the twelve girls from Paris.  Madeline has stowed away the magician from Madeline’s Christmas, in the form of a rabbit.  The girls have a busy day at the White House egg hunt and later Madeline and Candle stay up late to play.  The rabbit magician casts a spell and a cloud of cherry blossoms whisks Madeline and Candle on a tour of Washington D.C.  The next day the girls say goodbye and head back to Paris.  The rhyming text and illustrations pay tribute to the original.  The author includes a background note that explains that his grandfather had planned this book in 1962 with Jacqueline Kennedy, but was unable to finish it before his death.  A lovely addition to the Madeline series.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No, although the rhyming text is forced in several places.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of Madeline will welcome this new addition. A good choice for families planning a tour of the White House and Washington D.C. 

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 9/10/2020         

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