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Mad About Madeline: The Complete Tales (Madeline)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  3,632 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
For over sixty years, Madeline's adventures have enthralled her ever-growing audience. This collection brings together all six of the Madeline books in one volume. Every well-loved word and picture is here, plus an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen, an essay by Ludwig Bemelmans on how he created Madeline, and working sketches of Madeline, as w ...more
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published September 10th 2001 by Viking Children's Books (first published 1939)
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Lisa Vegan
Jul 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children of all ages, especially very young children
This volume contains the complete "Madeline" books: Madeline, Madeline and The Bad Hat, Madeline's Rescue, Madeline and The Gypsies, Madeline in London, and Madeline's Christmas. These books are loved, especially by young children, because all have wonderful paintings and drawings on every page and because of engaging rhyme & meter in the stories. The stories are about the spunky Parisian girl named Madeline. I always assumed she lived in an orphanage with 11 other little girls and the nuns, ...more
Sarah Stead
This year, I’ve been rereading some of my favorite childhood books not only for nostalgia’s sake but also to study the work of the illustrators I most admire. While reading, I didn’t expect to remember so many of the repetitive rhymes by heart since decades have gone by, but these stories are truly memorable. I loved Madeline so much as a child, I had a doll of the brave heroine, with red yarn hair and blue felt jacket, as well as a stuffed animal of her dog, Genevieve, a big yellow bow tied aro ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Originally published as "Mad About Madeline", this new edition is simply gorgeous! Growing up, I never got around to reading these cute stories because they were always checked out of our elementary school's library. Love the illustrations and rhyming! This edition also contains some of the author's early sketches and background history of how he created these endearing classics.
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A favourite from my childhood. Enjoyed sharing these stories with my two little men, M. (4) and T. (3).
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
A good children's book, but I liked the television show much better.
This is a lovely children's book. it's a collection of stories centered around the character who shares a name with the stories, and I think a lot of people feel nostalgic toward these stories. I don't really feel the connection others do to the stories, but I do love the cartoon. I am very happy to add this to my growing collection of children's books, and I would suggest that anyone in touch with their inner child pick this up. I especially love that this isn't about princesses getting rescued ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have not read Madeline in YEARS, and it was just like I remembered it. From Madeline getting her appendix removed, to finding Genevieve, and all the adventures with Pepito....this was so nice to revisit. It actually kind of makes me want to see the movie again.
Alicia Riley
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Madeline Treasury is cute collection of simple stories aim for younger children. The drawings are child like and simple.
Sarah Sammis
Nov 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, released
Mad About Madeline is a lovely hardbound collection of the six Madeline tales published during Ludwig Bemelmans's lifetime. He wrote a seventh story called Madeline in America and Other Holiday Tales that was published posthumously in 1999. Besides the Madeline stories, there is an introduction by Anna Quindlen on how the stories have enriched her life as a parent and at the end of the volume, there are sketches and a brief history of the Madeline stories.

The six stories in this volume are:

* Ma
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, owned, kids-books
My daughter and I enjoyed reading this over the last week or so. I think Elise has read all of the Madeline stories individually, but reading from a collection has been especially nice: you get into a Madeline mood and my daughter was really tuning into the rhythm of the language. Plus this edition has a sweet intro from Anna Quindlen and an essay at the end that discusses the inspiration for the Madeline character.

I've always loved the illustrations in these books - gorgeous. My daughter is a b
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
i do love all the madeleine books. :)
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
I love Madeline. I always have and I was glad to find this book once again when going through my things. Madeline will always hold a special place in my heart.
Katie Farmer
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
So many sweet, nostalgic feelings while reading this. Madeline's Rescue (Genevieve!) and Madeline's Christmas, my favorites out of the collection. 3.8 stars
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: basia-read
Madeline po raz pierwszy opublikowano w 1939 r. Kreska jest niezwykle prosta - widzimy dwanaście dziewczynek w identycznych mundurkach i kapeluszach z włosami z kresek i oczami z kropek oraz ich wychowawczynię z internatu - pannę Clavel. Zdania otwierające książkę są świetnym podsumowaniem głównego wątku opowiastek: "W Paryżu, w pewnym starym domu, / który był porośnięty dzikim winem, / ustawiało się co rano w dwa rzędy / dwanaście małych dziewczynek. / Dziewczynki w dwóch równych rzędach / dzie ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has 5 books of Madeline's adventures. The books included are: Madeline, Madeline and The Bad Hat, Madeline's Rescue, Madeline and The Gypsies, and Madeline in London. The classic Madeline story is my favorite, but I also enjoyed all the stories in this book. The illustrations are awesome as are the stories.

What I loved most about this edition is that after each story there would be a page listing which illustration was from what location or what it was. For an example, if you didn't k
Cristal Alamillo
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(I technically have the Barnes and Noble edition, but regardless, it’s a collection with all the Madeline stories)

This year I’m slowly building up my collection of children’s books and I’m so happy I now have Madeline as a part of it. I adore the illustrations and the rhymes and I have memories of reading this with my mom and watching the cartoons at 6am before going to elementary school. It felt really special to venture back into these stories as a 21-year-old at two in the morning with a bla
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my guilty pleasure: I am obsessed with little French school-girl Madeline! The illustrations are beautiful, and she is a stubborn little girl. The actual story-wordings could sometimes be "interesting", because it is obvious how much the author is separated from the American soft-wording, especially towards kids. Love it!
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brit Hammons
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Madeline 5/5
Madeline and the Bad Hat 5/5
Madeline's Rescue 5/5
Madeline and the Gypsies 5/5
Madeline in London 5/5
Madeline's Christmas 5/5

Paris + London
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super quick and fun read! The pictures were adorable and aesthetically pleasing. Plus, love the binding :)
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Świetna, króciutka książeczka z przepięknymi ilustracjami. Wspaniale było znów, choć przez chwilę, poczuć się jak dziecko.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grown kids
Beautiful book. Finally read the full collection of Madeline books. I loved it!
Katie Solt
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book
Such an adorable read. Perfect for any age in my eyes 😃
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books as a child and I love it just as much full grown :)
Yvonne Crawford
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
loved this as a child growing up
Deb O rah
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
includes identification lists of places from the illustrations and the story from Ludwig Bemelamns of how Madeline was first created.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my childhood favorites. Great to read again. Beautiful brand new Barnes and Noble Collectible Leather version. Love it!
Sierra Cook
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My beloved Madeline, she charm, helpfulness and love for her friends keeps this collection of stories, happy and exciting for a small child. Her sass keels things alive, love her
May 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Meet Madeline! She lives in an old house in Paris that is covered with vines and is one of twelve little girls. As we soon discover, Madeline might be the smallest of the girls but she is also brave and adventurous. She is not afraid of mice, loves winter, snow, and ice, and says “Pooh-hooh” to a tiger at the zoo. Two of the girls’ adventures happen right in the house. The other four happen after the girls set out at nine in two straight lines to explore Paris. You can read all six adventures in ...more
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Ludwig Bemelmans was an Austrian author, an internationally known gourmand, 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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Madeline (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • Madeline and the Bad Hat
  • Madeline in London
  • Madeline and the Gypsies
  • Madeline's Christmas
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