With "Madeline and the Old House in Paris," John Bemelmans Marciano proves his ability to continue the tradition created by his grandfather with the "Madeline" books. Madeline fans will rejoice at the new story.
The verse is lilting, the illustrations just as colorful and cartoonish as ever, and the story charming.
What to do when Madeline and her neighbor, Pepito, find a ghost in the attic of the old house? It's a ghost who is lamenting the fact that Lord Cucuface absconded with his precious telescope, the very telescope he was going to use to view the comet that only nears the earth every two hundred twenty-one years.
The poor ghostly astronomer has been waiting all these years to finally see the comet; but Cucuface has stolen it away. Color our astronomer desolate blue.
Of course, Madeline and Pepito hatch a plan to get back the telescope. And when Madeline plans, she gets what she wants.
A happy ghost and his helpful human friends watch the comet together. Kids will laugh at the antics of Madeline and Pepito as they retrieve the stolen property. They will delight in seeing justice served. And they will just like to have another Madeline book to read.
Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Dial Books for Young Readers, for review purposes.
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