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Madeline and the Gypsies (Madeline)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,428 ratings  ·  60 reviews
The Madeline books are among the most honored children's books of all time. Join Madeline in another adventure when she and Pepito run off to join the carnival with a band of traveling gypsies! At first they're having the time of their lives—they don't have to go to school, brush their teeth, or ever go to sleep. But soon Madeline and Pepito start to feel homesick. Leave i ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 1st 2000 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 1958)
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Samantha Penrose
Madeline and Pepito are forgotten at the carnival; stuck at the top of the ferris wheel in a storm!
A handful of carnies help the children down, and a gypsy doses them up with some strange brew. The gypsy mama decides to pack up camp and take the kids with her.
Madeline and Pepito enjoy the perks of the gypsy lifestyle, skipping school, staying up late, and they even dabble in acrobatics.
The kids decide to send a postcard to Miss Clavel, assuring her that they are well.
Of course, Miss Clavel hur
Maddie Watson
In Ludwig Bemelman's book "Madeline and the Gypsies" he starts off with the very familiar yellow, black and white illustration to recap about the "old house in Paris" and the "twelve little girls in two straight lines" and then describes a new character that lives next door that invites all the girls to go on an adventure with him to "A wonderful Gypsy Carnival" and the next page jumps into a vibrance of colors and adventures of Madeline and the boy next door running off to join the circus.

Megan Renner
Bemelmans, L. (1958). Madeline and the gypsies. New York: Penguin Books.

The story begins with telling the normal story of Madeline and her friends that are in an orphanage. This time they meet a boy who lives next door that is the son of a Spanish Ambassador but he is all alone. The little boy then takes Madeline to a Gypsy Carnival! While Madeline and her new friend Pepito are at the carnival the weather turned bad and they become stuck on a ride. Then Pepito gets down and gets help for them.
Elizabeth K.
This is a howl, truly. Lucy is going through a big Madeline phase (weirdly, although I obviously remember Madeline from my own childhood, she wasn't a particular favorite), and we have a few and I got some of the other ones from the library. In this one, Madeline is mostly kidnapped by Gypsies. It's a little unclear because the book blurb makes it sound like she ran away to join the circus, but the text clearly shows things are a little devious and they drug her (and Pepito) as the carnival is l ...more
I vividly remember the cover of this book. Look at those colors! The sky is green, which is totally disconcerting. I know I read this book--how could I have not read this book? I bet it's in every library I ever stepped foot in. But like so many of the books from my childhood (and there were probably hundreds), I don't remember the story all that well. But how could anyone go wrong with Madeline?
As always Madeline, in "Madeline and the Gypsies" goes on an adventure. But this time she did not intend to! In this cute little tale of how a carnival trip went wrong, Madeline and her next door neighbor Pepito learn that home is really where they belong. Although they have a good time with the gypsies at first, they land into a slight fright when the momma gypsy does something unexpected! The rhyming tale is a perfect length and theme for a bedtime story for young children. Either boy or girl ...more
Jane LoBosco
All of the Madeline books bring a great sense of adventure, and childhood, and this book is no exception. Upon reading this book, I was immediately brought back to when I was younger, and feeling the adventures that I used to have. Madeline and Pepito take off at the circus and join a band of traveling gypsies. The imagination in this book is wonderful, and children will be able to relate to it very well. Although most kids would not join a group of gypsies, their own great adventures feel just ...more
What ho, Madeline, oh attender of that school in Paris that was covered in vines where lived twelve little girls in two straight lines…

Right, yes, I’ll stop.

Anyhow, in this particular installment of Madeline’s adventures, Madeline and her little schoolmates are invited by the son of the Spanish ambassador to attend a gypsy carnival and wouldn’t you know in all the fuss and rain that accompanied the departure of Miss Clavel and the little schoolgirls Madeline and Pepito were forgot at the top of
Matthew Hunter
I had trouble corralling Sigourney for this story. Maybe a 4th Madeline story in two days is too much, or at least reduces the awe factor connected with the many-colored pictures. As always, Bemelmans' artwork is beautiful. The circus, the bus station, and my particular favorite the gypsy mama staring into the crystal ball - all reveal the artist's giftedness.

My only discomfort stemmed from the depiction of the Roma, or gypsy people. I've read enough about the struggles of the Roma in Europe to
In this harrowing tale, Madeline and Pepito get stuck on the top of a ferris wheel during a terrible thunderstorm. While Miss Clavel is anxiously getting all the other children off the ride, she forgets about Madeline and Pepito, leaving them stranded. Because Miss Clavel seems to always forget about Madeline. In any case, the gypsy folk rescue the two and instead of returning them to the care of the worried nun, they instead take Madeline and Pepito on the road with them, "for gypsies do not li ...more
Natalie Rion
For my second classic book choice, I chose "Madeline and the Gypsies" by Ludwig Bemelmans. This is a story about two characters named Madeline and Pepito. The two of them are left at a circus on accident and rescued by gypsies. They go to live with the gypsies for quite some time. They go through several new experiences while with them. The mother gypsie eventually sees that Madeline's teacher, Miss Clavel, is on her way to find Madeline and Pepito. It makes the gypsie mother angry, so she place ...more
Feb 20, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We enjoyed listening to this story in the car. We borrowed a book and cassette kit from the library and our girls followed along with the story as we listened. The story is a bit of a frightening concept, at least to a parent. Madeline and her friend Pepito are basically kidnapped by a carnival of gypsies who take them away to their next location. With the familiar characters and catchy rhyme, however, there's virtually no doubt that Miss Clavel will come to the rescue and that all will turn out ...more
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Eva Leger
I didn't like this as much as I liked the last, and first, Madeline book Julia and I read. This is especially sad because we both liked the last so much that I made it a point to grab another few - this happened to be the first out of the batch.
Julia didn't hate it and neither did I but it was average for us while the other Madeline book was above average. :(
Hopefully this is a fluke and we'll get into others in the series like we did the first. I kind of have my heart set on finding a new, ex
Well, my husband pointed out that a book with "gypsies" in the title starts off with a point against it, but I think as portrayals of the Roma people go, this one isn't too bad. The gypsies do leave Paris with Madeline and Pepito in tow, but there's no indication that the children have any qualms about going, especially since they get to be in a circus instead of going to school. I laughed out loud that Miss Clavel was more concerned about their loss of spelling skills than the fact that they ra ...more
Sure. Got left by my group at a public event. So I'll join the gypsies circus. Why not?

This and the rest of the Madeline stories in Mad About Madeline are a great hit with the girls especially the K5 who is starting to read them all by herself.
This was probably the most exciting Madeline book plot wise. Madeline and her school friends are at a Gypsies carnival with Pepito when a storm comes... As always brilliant illustrations with a great courageous heroine.
Pepito and Madeline get stuck on the Ferris wheel. They get help from the gypsy mama. Miss Clavel is happy to learn they are okay according to the postcard but worried about the spelling.
Proofreading the postcard would be a great in class activity!

"The best part of a voyage- by plane,
by ship,
or train,
Is when the trip is over and you are
Home again."

It ends with happy thoughts. "Good night, little girls, thank the Lord you are well."

The artwork is arranged as a full color spread and then yellow a
While the book is cute, there's some pretty insensitive stereotypes, (view spoiler)
I just love all Madeline stories and this was no exception:) My children always enjoy the time we spend reading the story and looking at the pictures.
Lovely pictures though the rhyming doesn't seem to stick to the same scheme. It nearly lulled the kid to sleep though!
The Roma people are usually stereotyped and misunderstood, so I was a bit wary of this classic picture book. The story is entertaining and the illustrations are whimsical to be sure, but it doesn't have the same feel as previous works. I'm not sure that I would use this in a classroom or hand this to a child without trying to have them understand that "gypsies" aren't like this at all, and that the story's an attempt to be fun. But then, by giving this to a child, I'd still be condoning the port ...more
I hate clowns as a rule, but I don't mind Bemelman's clowns.
Karen Dransfield
A tale about Madeline and the boy next story getting taken away with the gypsies and how they become performers... and end up sewn into a costume. Amusing.
Amar Pai
I think this is my favorite Madeline book.
Still a little long for Z. Her attention span is still so short right now and the pictures weren't interesting enough to keep her attention for very long. But I liked it ok. I didn't realize that most of the books on Madeline were about adventures with her neighbor, Pepito. I think the funniest part in this book for me was the fact that Ms. Clavel went to rescue them from the gypsies and take them back because they were misspelling words in their letter to her.
Hannah Cobb
Madeleine and Pepito run off to join the gypsies in this children's classic. As always, Madeleine is adventurous and endearing, but I wouldn't read this one aloud in a storytime setting. There are definitely some old-fashioned stereotypes in this one, and the language itself could be tricky for a very young audience.
Yet another excellent installment of Madeline. I remember after reading this, my mom would tease me that she would sell me to the gypsies when I'm bad. She still teases me about it, though I always point out that the gypsies would probably sell me back. I would be too high-maintenance for them.
Jotham Ben-Yami
Jan 21, 2009 Jotham Ben-Yami rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everybody who likes books wich are funny, and with rymes.
Recommended to Jotham by: Father
Its a nice book.
The girls in a school go to a circus with thier boy friend, they go on a giant-wheel, but it gets stuck! The children in the upper wagon can'tgo down! The others forget them, they go down, but then comes an adventure...
And in the end they all can go back to thier beds.
Mary Alice
I think this is too disturbing to be a Madeline-type children's book. Whether you recognize it or not, Madeline has been kidnapped! Not a great thing for a child. And though the Gypsies are nice, should we be exposing our children to the myth that Gypsies are child snatchers?
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Ludwig Bemelmans was an Austrian author, an internationally known gourmet, and a writer and illustrator of children's books. He is most noted today for his Madeline books, six of which were published from 1939-1961. A seventh was discovered after his death and published posthumously in 1999.
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