What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Madeline and the Old House in Paris is a fun ghost story by author-illustrator John Bemelmans Marciano, grandson of Madeline series creator Ludwig Bemelmans. The pictures and cute characters (including Pepito, introduced in Madeline and the Bad Hat) make it OK for the publisher's recommended 3-5 age group. But with some content about astronomy, ghosts, and a person dying (the ghost recalls how he died: falling off a roof while looking through his telescope), we think it's best for kids 4 and up.
What's the story?
Lord Cucuface, the head of Madeline's boarding school, shows up for an unscheduled inspection and insists on checking out the attic, which is rumored to be haunted. He doesn't see a ghost but finds a lovely old telescope and takes it home for himself. Later, when Madeline hears moaning and groaning from the attic, she, the girls, and Pepito, the Spanish Ambassador's son, investigate and do find a ghost: a former astronomy buff in a wig and frilly clothes who's sad to find his telescope gone. He explains that he died falling off the roof while trying to witness a comet that nears the Earth only every 221 years. Can Madeline and Pepito retrieve the telescope in time for the ghost to see the comet this time around?
Is it any good?
Author-illustrator John Bemelmans Marciano has written several Madeline books, continuing the series his grandfather, Ludwig Bemelmans, launched. MADELINE AND THE OLD HOUSE IN PARIS faithfully captures the spirit, poetic rhythm, and look of the original books. This one being a ghost story released in October, it can serve as a Halloween book. Still, it's an exciting adventure for any time of the year.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about ghosts. Why are stories about them so popular? Can you think of others you've read or seen on TV?
Which kind of ghost do you like better: friendly or scary?
Have you read other Madeline books? Which ones are your favorites? How does Madeline and the Old House in Paris compare?
|Author:||John Bemelmans Marciano|
|Illustrator:||John Bemelmans Marciano|
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Book characters, Friendship, Great girl role models, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires|
|Publication date:||October 8, 2013|
|Number of pages:||48|
|Publisher's recommended age(s):||3 - 5|
|Read aloud:||3 - 7|
|Read alone:||6 - 7|