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Madeline is one of the best-loved characters in children's literature. Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl's trip to the hospital was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1940 and has as much appeal today as it did then. The combination of a spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, cheerful humor, and rhythmic text makes Madeline a perennial favorite with ch Madeline is one of the best-loved characters in children's literature. Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl's trip to the hospital was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1940 and has as much appeal today as it did then. The combination of a spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, cheerful humor, and rhythmic text makes Madeline a perennial favorite with children of all ages.


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Madeline is one of the best-loved characters in children's literature. Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl's trip to the hospital was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1940 and has as much appeal today as it did then. The combination of a spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, cheerful humor, and rhythmic text makes Madeline a perennial favorite with ch Madeline is one of the best-loved characters in children's literature. Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl's trip to the hospital was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1940 and has as much appeal today as it did then. The combination of a spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, cheerful humor, and rhythmic text makes Madeline a perennial favorite with children of all ages.

30 review for Madel Giant Readal 7

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    On a recent morning the grandmothers got into a contest: who can remember more of Madeline by heart. They both did very well. My wife and I are getting there. Madeline means a lot to us, partly because we grew up with it, and partly because on our kid's stomach is also a scar - his guts were like all in the wrong place or whatever - so it has Special Meaning for us. I'm the one on the left. I know it's hard to tell. But also it means a lot to our kid, who if you show him Madeline and any other boo On a recent morning the grandmothers got into a contest: who can remember more of Madeline by heart. They both did very well. My wife and I are getting there. Madeline means a lot to us, partly because we grew up with it, and partly because on our kid's stomach is also a scar - his guts were like all in the wrong place or whatever - so it has Special Meaning for us. I'm the one on the left. I know it's hard to tell. But also it means a lot to our kid, who if you show him Madeline and any other book in the world will definitely pick Madeline, and if you show him two different books he may very well just complain until you go get Madeline. He loves this book, and we don't know why. He doesn't speak English and he's never been to Paris. Maybe he likes that Joanne and I collapse in hysterics every time we get to the doctor dialing DAN-ton ten six, which by the way is also the name of our imaginary children's band, but this is far from the only children's book that makes us collapse in hysterics. We think he has an eye for design - he also likes Charley Harper and Andy Warhol, don't ask, or go ahead and ask, what do I care, the answer is we're pretentious - so maybe it's just those terrific evocative scribbles of Bemelmans'. They're incredible, right? This one is my favorite, Notre Dame in rain. Who cares why, anyway, this is his very first favorite book and he has impeccable taste so far. Some day maybe he'll read it to his kid, and he'll know it by heart too.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trina (Between Chapters)

    I read this for BookTubeAThon to fulfill the "read a book older than you" challenge. I remember having and reading this book as a kid, but now I'm kind of confused about what a kid would get out of the story. I guess it's just fun with the pictures and rhymes, but I didn't see much meaning (other than copy your friends? Wish you have an illness to be one of the cool kids?). I really have no idea how to rate this as an adult.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    I missed this when I was adding old books I read, so I got this book to re-read to be sure. I did read this as a child where I distinctly remember laughing over and over again at Madeline saying 'Pooh-Pooh' to the tiger at the zoo. Funny thing is, both the kids laugh at that same line to this day. This was a Newbery Honor book which shows you how awards boards can get things wrong. This is still one of the most popular books and it should have won, which is why they gave Madeline to the rescue th I missed this when I was adding old books I read, so I got this book to re-read to be sure. I did read this as a child where I distinctly remember laughing over and over again at Madeline saying 'Pooh-Pooh' to the tiger at the zoo. Funny thing is, both the kids laugh at that same line to this day. This was a Newbery Honor book which shows you how awards boards can get things wrong. This is still one of the most popular books and it should have won, which is why they gave Madeline to the rescue the Medal when it came out to make up for their miss, I assume. A beloved classic of mine. It's nice to share with a whole new generation. Maybe this is where my France obsession came from. probably a seed planted.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sloan

    "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines In two straight lines they broke their bread And brushed their teeth and went to bed. They left the house at half past nine In two straight lines in rain or shine- The smallest one was Madeline." Who doesn't remember the first lines from the classic childrens book Madeline!? As a young girl I adored this book. I used to check it out of the library repeatedly, until finally my mother gave in and b "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines In two straight lines they broke their bread And brushed their teeth and went to bed. They left the house at half past nine In two straight lines in rain or shine- The smallest one was Madeline." Who doesn't remember the first lines from the classic childrens book Madeline!? As a young girl I adored this book. I used to check it out of the library repeatedly, until finally my mother gave in and bought me the books. I wanted to be Madeline. I think every young girl does. This book is one of my favorites from childhood. It's a classic that all children should get to enjoy (especially mischievous little girls). "Good night, little girls! Thank the Lord that you are well! And now go to sleep!" said Miss Clavel. And she turned out the light- and closed the door- and that's all there is- there isn't any more."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Now I only very very rarely consider an adaptation (or a translation) better than the original, but I will absolutely and gladly have to make an exception to said general rule here. For while I do and with all my heart adore Ludwig Bemelmans' expressive and detailed illustrations (that simply shine and glow with the spirit of Paris, with the spirit of both time and place, of the many specific Parisian landmarks), the same cannot, unfortunately, be said with regard to his accompanying verses, whi Now I only very very rarely consider an adaptation (or a translation) better than the original, but I will absolutely and gladly have to make an exception to said general rule here. For while I do and with all my heart adore Ludwig Bemelmans' expressive and detailed illustrations (that simply shine and glow with the spirit of Paris, with the spirit of both time and place, of the many specific Parisian landmarks), the same cannot, unfortunately, be said with regard to his accompanying verses, which while indeed sweet and expressive, often do seem to present rhyme schemes that read haltingly at best, that appear as far from smooth. And with this salient fact and personal annoyance in mind, I have actually (and yes for me rather surprisingly and intriguingly) found this here 1985 French language translation of Madeline (which in French appears as it should, as Madeleine) by Christian Poslaniec considerably better and above all more lyrically polished than Bemelmans' at times rather annoyingly awkward original English language verses, providing ALL the content of the latter, but avoiding the at times woefully lacking rhyme scheme (or rather, using a rhyme scheme that is much more humorously and tenderly poetic, and above all, less choppy and potentially frustrating). And truly, for me as an adult reader (who never did read or had Madeline read to me as a child), while the unevenness of the rhymes and the at times almost painful artificialness of the original does have the annoying tendency to feel rather majorly distracting and to the point of even making me feel a bit like an outsider looking in, a bit disconnected from Madeline and her friends, this has been utterly and yes very much fortunately avoided with and by Christian Poslaniec's brilliant and for me in all ways considerably more lyrically masterful French language translation (or perhaps one should call it an adaptation), leaving nothing but unfettered, complete joy and appreciation. Thus, I would and do actually and even gladly recommend the French translation (Madeleine) above and beyond Ludwig Bemelmans' original (but with the caveat that the text, that Christian Poslaniec's words indeed do appear entirely in French, and while not in any way overly difficult and overly involved, an elementary fluency, especially with regard to vocabulary and verb forms is nevertheless both suggested and required). Five intensely and forever glowing stars (and yes, definitely a considerably higher ranking than what I granted to the original)!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Although I absolutely adore author/illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans' expressive and detailed illustrations (that simply shine and glow with the spirit of Paris, with the spirit of both time and place), the accompanying narrative and especially the rhyme schemes are at times rather majorly choppy and anything but smooth. And truly, for me as an adult reader (who never did read of have Madeline read to me as a child), the unevenness of the rhymes and their at times almost painful artificialness, this Although I absolutely adore author/illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans' expressive and detailed illustrations (that simply shine and glow with the spirit of Paris, with the spirit of both time and place), the accompanying narrative and especially the rhyme schemes are at times rather majorly choppy and anything but smooth. And truly, for me as an adult reader (who never did read of have Madeline read to me as a child), the unevenness of the rhymes and their at times almost painful artificialness, this does tend to feel rather distracting, and to the point of even making me feel a bit on the outside looking in, a bit disconnected from Madeline and her friends. That being all said, the intended audience (younger children) might well not even notice or care all that much about these textual issues (and considering the lasting popularity and high general star ratings of Madeline, I also do realise that I am obviously quite the minority here, but while I do feel a bit guilty at my now three star rating, I stand by it). However, I have indeed enjoyed the little scene where the other orphans are jealous of Madeline on account of all the attention she receives because of her appendicitis, as it reminds me of when my brother got his appendix out and my little sister acted rather similarly, also claiming to have a stomach ache, also insisting on going to the hospital (and this little bit of sweet nostalgia, has almost made me consider a four star instead of a three star rating for Madeline, definitely a high three star rating, but nevertheless still not quite four stars, as the choppiness of the rhyming sequences and the at times awkward verses do bother my sense of poetic aesthetics rather a lot).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    Geez, I love this book. Wonderfully illustrated, and it still gives me such feels!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Selene

    BookTube-A-Thon Challenge #1 Read a book with yellow ok the cover. BookTube-A-Thon Challenge #5 Read a book that is older than you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I'm not quite sure what to make of Madeline, or how to rate the book. I'm quite sure my mom read this to me as a child--she gave us the most beautiful children's book selections through books she acquired at garage sales or checked out from the library--but I don't really have any warm-fuzzies attached to it so I'm guessing it was not a favorite. It's still not a favorite. I can appreciate it, to an extent, but I am just not sure I really liked it that much. Maybe my expectations were too high? T I'm not quite sure what to make of Madeline, or how to rate the book. I'm quite sure my mom read this to me as a child--she gave us the most beautiful children's book selections through books she acquired at garage sales or checked out from the library--but I don't really have any warm-fuzzies attached to it so I'm guessing it was not a favorite. It's still not a favorite. I can appreciate it, to an extent, but I am just not sure I really liked it that much. Maybe my expectations were too high? The story starts out well and charming with the two rows of girls, the two rows of beds, the ice skating and walks around Paris, but then it goes off on a rather surprising tangent and the ending just seems so abrupt and odd. It wasn't as much about Madeline herself as I expected (though I could appreciate her spunk and see where she could have many appealing adventures in subsequent books.) And some of the rhyme schemes felt awkward to me. And the illustrations... I can appreciate them in that they are definitely distinct and "classic"--but at the same time, I'm not sure they are especially my personal cup of tea. I was surprised to see that this book was published in 1939! I didn't realize it was quite that old. I guess that, compared to many of the other children's books (or, rather, lack thereof) available at the time, this would be a very welcomed series. I'll be very eager to read reviews from friends who love Madeline to see if they can help me better appreciate why this is such a popular classic. It's not that I *disliked* it--I guess I just regret that I can't wholeheartedly join the Madeline fan club.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    Madeline is one of those books that has been in print for so long that everyone seems to know the story even without necessarily having read it. When I was pregnant with Sean, Ian and I saw the 1998 film version of Madeline. While watching (and enjoying) the film we realized that we couldn't remember the story. Ian went out and bought a copy for Sean. The story is told through a simple rhyme taken a few words at a time across pages. The bulk of the tale though is in the illustrations as Madeline Madeline is one of those books that has been in print for so long that everyone seems to know the story even without necessarily having read it. When I was pregnant with Sean, Ian and I saw the 1998 film version of Madeline. While watching (and enjoying) the film we realized that we couldn't remember the story. Ian went out and bought a copy for Sean. The story is told through a simple rhyme taken a few words at a time across pages. The bulk of the tale though is in the illustrations as Madeline and her classmates walk in their "two straight lines" before many famous Parisian sites. Each page seems too simple but there is no line nor color nor word wasted. Some pages are drawn in black and white lines on a bright yellow background. Other times the drawings border on Impressionism and take a full pallet. So if you read the book, read it once at normal speed to enjoy the words. Then read it again at a slower pace to enjoy the artwork.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rottgrl88

    This was the first book that I read when I was a kid that got me interested in the French cultural. I wanted to be just like Madeline and I wanted to visit France and learn French. This is such a nice story with classic, simple illustrations. Nothing too fancy but that is what makes it classic. I recommend for all.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brigid

    This is one of my childhood favorites. This may be strange. Even as a child, I had a sense there was something going on between Madeline and Pepito. I felt they had a thing going on. You know, "Romantically". What the hell is wrong with me! Is that just me? They were kids and yet I could sense something. I loved the French story and the all the girls and their quirks. It's a cute story. I used to adore the cartoon too. Yeah. Sometimes I just want to take my head off, I'm so fucked up. PLUS SHE'S This is one of my childhood favorites. This may be strange. Even as a child, I had a sense there was something going on between Madeline and Pepito. I felt they had a thing going on. You know, "Romantically". What the hell is wrong with me! Is that just me? They were kids and yet I could sense something. I loved the French story and the all the girls and their quirks. It's a cute story. I used to adore the cartoon too. Yeah. Sometimes I just want to take my head off, I'm so fucked up. PLUS SHE'S TOTALLY BAD-ASS! see:

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    It's been several years since I've read this classic picture book, but I found my old copy from when I was a kid yesterday, and it's still a story that holds up. Timeless, full of wonderful paintings of Paris scenery and very creative, Madeline is unforgettable.

  14. 4 out of 5

    chan ☆

    just remembering how much I absolutely adore this book [mostly because Amal Clooney looked like Madeline @ the Royal Wedding]

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)

    I absolutely adored the tv series growing up so reading the books it was based on was a special dose of nostalgia. The artwork is truly gorgeous, which I loved. I can clearly see why it's a timeless classic.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    I had actually never read 'Madeline' though I knew it was a classic. And I was surprised by the story - it wasn't at all what I thought it would be. I liked it! Watch a quick kid's review of this book! Ages: 5 - 8 Cleanliness: there is a picture of a girl in her underwear. #geography #europe #france #paris **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I als I had actually never read 'Madeline' though I knew it was a classic. And I was surprised by the story - it wasn't at all what I thought it would be. I liked it! Watch a quick kid's review of this book! Ages: 5 - 8 Cleanliness: there is a picture of a girl in her underwear. #geography #europe #france #paris **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tricia Douglas

    This is a classic, must-read book for children. When this was published back in 1939, Bemelmans presented us with a wonderful story of Paris and a little girl who is rushed to the hospital due to an attack of appendicitis. I understood little of what was going on at the age of 5 or 6 when I first read this book, but being in the hospital with flowers and toys and having everyone admire Madeline's scar, hooked me. Now I have most of Bemelmans books on my bookshelf and love each one. This was a se This is a classic, must-read book for children. When this was published back in 1939, Bemelmans presented us with a wonderful story of Paris and a little girl who is rushed to the hospital due to an attack of appendicitis. I understood little of what was going on at the age of 5 or 6 when I first read this book, but being in the hospital with flowers and toys and having everyone admire Madeline's scar, hooked me. Now I have most of Bemelmans books on my bookshelf and love each one. This was a selection for the Goodreads children's picture book group.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    2016 Reading Challenge: A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy Given the fact that I've just unearthed this beauty from a box of mementos, this might just become the year of me rereading childhood favourites and I am perfectly okay with that.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

    This is a sweet - and funny - story about a French orphan who has to have to appendix removed. (What? That's not dramatic at all ...)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ronyell

    “Madeline” is the first book created by Ludwig Bemelmans for his “Madeline” series and has won the Caldecott Honor Book Award. This book basically details Madeline’s earliest adventures from standing up bravely to a ferioucious tiger to having a bad case of appendicitis. Ludwig Bemelmans’ writing is creative and sweet as he writes the story in a rhyming text that efficiently narrates the story. The story of how Madeline suffers from appendicitis and how Miss Clavel and the other girls cared enoug “Madeline” is the first book created by Ludwig Bemelmans for his “Madeline” series and has won the Caldecott Honor Book Award. This book basically details Madeline’s earliest adventures from standing up bravely to a ferioucious tiger to having a bad case of appendicitis. Ludwig Bemelmans’ writing is creative and sweet as he writes the story in a rhyming text that efficiently narrates the story. The story of how Madeline suffers from appendicitis and how Miss Clavel and the other girls cared enough to visit her in her feeble condition is both intense as we see Madeline crying and heartwarming as Miss Clavel and the girls worry about her conditon. This scene reminds me of a true mother to daughter scene as Miss Clavel acts like a protective mother over Madeline and the girls and tries everything she could to make sure that Madeline’s condition does not worsen before she could get her to the hospital, something a mother would do for her child if her child suffered an illness. Ludwig Bemelmans’ illustrations are simplistic and creative, especially of the images of the landscape of Paris including the Eiffel Tower being colorful while the regular situations between the girls and Miss Clavel are in yellow, white, and black colors. “Madeline” is one of Ludwig Bemelmans’ finest book yet since it led to “Madeline” having many sequels and even a television series that was popular during the mid 90’s. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since some of the French language in the text would be a bit difficult for younger children to understand. Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  21. 4 out of 5

    Steve Holden

    This is another classic to add to my collection of reviews. Madeline won the 1940 Caldecott Award, and it has been a mainstay on classroom shelves. A lot of people have very fond memories associated with it. It features a heroine - definitely a plus for this publication time - and is set in Paris. The story is simple and rhythmic - there's really not a lot to it. The illustrations tell most of the story, and there has always been something about this book that stands out as different for me. The This is another classic to add to my collection of reviews. Madeline won the 1940 Caldecott Award, and it has been a mainstay on classroom shelves. A lot of people have very fond memories associated with it. It features a heroine - definitely a plus for this publication time - and is set in Paris. The story is simple and rhythmic - there's really not a lot to it. The illustrations tell most of the story, and there has always been something about this book that stands out as different for me. The illustrations always captivated me, but it's hard for me to say I love the look of everything in the book. This is a strange one for me to rate - as I understand and appreciate its significance, but I also wouldn't call this one of my favorites.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    When once asked if a book ever changed my life, I thought of "Madeline." It was in no way a profound awakening -- I was too young to even understand the lasting effects let alone remember the first time I read the book -- but it lay the seed for my fascination with all things French. After the book came the Madeline doll (with her stitched on appendix scar) and the sequel stories and subsequent television shows. I still get nostalgic every time I see the two rows of girls in their yellow uniforms When once asked if a book ever changed my life, I thought of "Madeline." It was in no way a profound awakening -- I was too young to even understand the lasting effects let alone remember the first time I read the book -- but it lay the seed for my fascination with all things French. After the book came the Madeline doll (with her stitched on appendix scar) and the sequel stories and subsequent television shows. I still get nostalgic every time I see the two rows of girls in their yellow uniforms. Last year while living in Paris, I stumbled upon a French edition of the first book, and I just had to buy it (even though the book was never originally French).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Madeline, a student at a Paris boarding school, finds herself hospitalized for an appendectomy. The book is written in rhyme. Children can be grateful hospital stays are shorter than when the book was written. While the illustrations may not appeal to today's youngsters as much as they did to earlier eras, they are still excellent, showing what can be done with minimal colors. It's a classic 1940 Caldecott honor book which stood the test of time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laima

    Loved it! This is a classic children's book with wonderful illustrations and rhyming verses. I read this book many many times when I was young and to my children when they were young. The story of French schoolgirl Madeline is timeless and includes picture references of many famous Paris landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre and Notre Dame. I read this book for free on We Give Books.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I may have heard about this series/this book before, however it really came to my attention yesterday, when someone I friended on Goodreads read this one. It looked fun, and right up my alley. And did it turn out to be that way? Yes, though it wasn't because of the so-called timelessly appealing art (What was so appealing to it?), but because of the adorable story with wonderful, sweet characters. Characters like the Miss Clavel, Madeline, but also the other girls. Especially Madeline quickly tur I may have heard about this series/this book before, however it really came to my attention yesterday, when someone I friended on Goodreads read this one. It looked fun, and right up my alley. And did it turn out to be that way? Yes, though it wasn't because of the so-called timelessly appealing art (What was so appealing to it?), but because of the adorable story with wonderful, sweet characters. Characters like the Miss Clavel, Madeline, but also the other girls. Especially Madeline quickly turned to a favourite with her bravery, but also with how she stood out from all the others. I did feel terribly sorry for her when that event happened, though it seems she doesn't mind she got something to show off, and also her daddy sent her quite a few nice new gifts to enjoy. I loved how the story introduced us to the group of children and their caretaker, how they go through their day with excursions, trips, and more. It does seem oh so much fun, though I do have to say I might not be all too happy if I were dragged outside while it rained. As I said, the art, meh. I am not sure what the appeal is. It did seem that some scenes got more attention then others (especially if those scenes featured French buildings). But mostly I just focused on the text as that was way nicer. All in all though I would recommend this one, and I will see if I can find the other books in this series. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

  26. 4 out of 5

    SarahC

    This book has ALWAYS been a favorite for me. I reread this book since it was on the list of top-100 picture books. Madeline is the smallest of all the girls in her boarding school, but she is also the bravest. One night she needs to get her appendix out, and her friends become jealous of the attention she gets in the hospital. I loved the pictures in this book and would pick it up just to see the beautiful paintings. I remember staying up late and looking at the pictures in this book with a flas This book has ALWAYS been a favorite for me. I reread this book since it was on the list of top-100 picture books. Madeline is the smallest of all the girls in her boarding school, but she is also the bravest. One night she needs to get her appendix out, and her friends become jealous of the attention she gets in the hospital. I loved the pictures in this book and would pick it up just to see the beautiful paintings. I remember staying up late and looking at the pictures in this book with a flashlight under the covers. I can always go for a reread of this one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    My daughter loved this book!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    DeB MaRtEnS

    A beautiful library book, enjoyed for its illustrations and most unlikely misbehaving heroine, who was always loved and never punished after her downfalls. I understood fiction at an early age! Lol.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

    Read this book as part of my Diversity Challenge, I had to read a book that was turned into a tv show. Very cute story!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I love Madeline. It was my favourite show as a kid and having the books is truly amazing.

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