While researching his famous grandfather's work, John Bemelmans Marciano made a thrilling discovery--a complete manuscript and sketches of Madeline's only adventure in America. With help from his mother and grandmother (the original Madeline), this delightful work has been brought to colorful fruition. Two additional holiday stories also are ...
While researching his famous grandfather's work, John Bemelmans Marciano made a thrilling discovery--a complete manuscript and sketches of Madeline's only adventure in America. With help from his mother and grandmother (the original Madeline), this delightful work has been brought to colorful fruition. Two additional holiday stories also are included along with warm remembrances and artwork from family archives.
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Publishers Weekly, 1999-09-27 Alas, this seems like ersatz Madeline?but try telling that to the hordes of Madeline fans who will clamor for it. As a note explains, during the 1950s Bemelmans drafted a Madeline adventure set in Texas at Christmas and featuring the department store owned by his friend Stanley Marcus; a version was passed out to Neiman-Marcus customers, and Bemelmans abandoned the project. Here his grandson supplies his own color illustrations for the discarded text; the quantum difference between Bemelman's offhand genius and the product here is revealed with a simple comparison of sketches drawn by Bemelmans, reproduced on the back of the jacket, with the extrapolations inside. The text, clearly a work in progress, splices together a story line from Madeline and the Gypsies with a cowboy motif and a big promotion for "the world's greatest store"; the heroine, inheriting a Texas-size fortune, seems unlike the "real" Madeline ("And there'll be no more school, that is the best part./ For who is rich is already smart," opines this impostor). Two other Bemelmans tales with Christmas settings are also included, with art similarly refurbished by Marciano. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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