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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  822 ratings  ·  109 reviews
A trip around a city block is like a trip around the world!

Peeking out through a die-cut window on the jacket, Madlenka invites the reader to enter her world. And what a world it is! On the surface, it looks like an ordinary city block, but as we meet Madlenka's neighbors -- the French baker, the Indian news vendor, the Italian ice-cream man, the Latin American grocer, a r
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 4th 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 2000)
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Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children interested in world geography, children who like picture search books and culture
When Madlenka, who lives in a vibrant and culturally diverse New York City neighbourhood has a loose tooth, she decides to visit her many friends and tell them of this momentous news. Her visiting makes her late, and when her worried parents ask their daughter where she he has been, Madlenka replies that she has been on a trip around the world (and that she has finally lost her tooth).

I very much love and appreciate the premise of this sparsely narrated, lushly illustrated picture book. While th
Lisa Vegan
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: girls who are losing baby teeth & enjoy learning about different locations around the world
I saw this book and Madlenka's Dog on the library’s shelf and borrowed them both. I started off with a “Huh?” and ended up being charmed. However, a few of the inclusions for various places perplexed me.

Madlenka lives in New York City, and when she finds a loose tooth she goes off to tell everybody in the neighborhood, a diverse neighborhood. Depending on whom she’s relating with, depending on where they’re originally from, they call her variations of her name.

There is a map at the back and th
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ronyell by: Manybooks
“Madlenka” is a children’s book by Peter Sis, illustrator of Rabbit Ears’ “Rumpelstiltskin,” and was a selection for the Goodreads Children’s book Picture Book Club and it details how a young girl named Madlenka goes around the city telling everyone that her tooth is loose while learning about other cultures from her neighbors. “Madlenka” is a truly cute story about exploring different cultures one neighborhood at a time!

When I first started reading this little unique gem of a book, I was totall
Crystal Marcos
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I read Madlenka with my 2 year old. Three times at her request. Part of the thrill of the book had a little something to do with the way we would call out Madlenka's name when we were looking for her on every page.

The story is about a little girl whose tooth is loose. She goes around her New York neighborhood sharing this information with neighbors from around the world. I liked how each person cheerfully greeted Madlenka and said something in their native language.

We enjoyed the cutouts. Howeve
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really loved the illustrations in this one!
Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Madlenka by Peter Sis follows a small girl as she visits shop owners on her block to tell them about her loose tooth. This trip around the world on her own square block is a multicultural look at the world from New York City.

The sparse text is supplemented with writing on each side of some pictures, making the reader turn the book around to read it, thus changing their perspective. There are lists, with pictures, of what is in a shop, or what is in a country. Each person says hello or greetings
Skylar Burris
Sep 16, 2010 rated it liked it
This books takes a visually exciting look at the multiculturalism of an American city. It introduces children to a variety of cultures quickly, a few foreign words, and, in the end, offers a world map that pinpoints the origins of all of the people Madlenka tells about her loose tooth. (However, it oddly distinguishes some people by country and others by continent. Is this because children are expected to be able to distinguish the German from the Frenchman but not the Korean from the Chinaman o ...more
May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an interesting story about a micro-cosm of world cultures in a NY neighborhood. Madlenka, Madeline, Maddalena, etc. as she is called by her neighbors has a loose tooth and wants to share the news with everyone.

The interesting cultures, foods, and languages that are incorporated into this story (along with the fun writing that is written around the edges of several of the pages) is a creative way to expose children to the diversity and differences among people from different nations and
Mar 21, 2010 rated it liked it
First, the other reviewer (on Amazon) is correct when stating that there's something wrong about carefully distinguishing between Italy, Germany, and France... but then having one person from "Latin America" and another from "Asia". These are continents, not countries - continents with diverse ethnic groups and cultures, and, of course, many different nations.

I also found the format of the book, while visually interesting, to be difficult and frustrating to read. It's hard to manage as a read-al
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Madlenka loses her tooth and tells all of her friends in the melting pot of NYC about it. One gets a feel for the many cultures that in some way exist in her neighborhood. A globe at the end of the book showed where everyone had been born.
Oct 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Preschool, 1st or 2nd Graders
Shelves: juvenilia
Sis, Peter, Madlenka, Farrar Straus Giroux, unnumbered pages. Picture book.

Description: Madlenka finds that her tooth is loose and can't wait to tell the whole neighborhood. Living in a city, Madlenka's neighbors are from all over the world. Each of the neighbor's originating country is briefly described as Madlenka travels around the block.

Review: While Madlenka's story is relatively simple, the book's pages are packed with a great deal of visual detail. The neighborhood is shown from a sort o
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like Peter Sis as an author, and this book did not disappoint!

This was the story of Madlenka, a girl who lives in a big diverse city. When she has a loose tooth, she wanders around her neighborhood, giving us an introduction to all of her ethnic neighbors! We learn how they say hello, the kinds of foods that come from their country, and so on.

It was a really cute and fun story, and the kids loved hearing all of the different information about the countries. I would definitely read this again!
Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
I liked this book a lot more this time than I liked it last time. Peter Sis has a habit of wrapping his text around the pages and using cutouts and random lists and object names. The first time I read this book I thought it was a bit gimmicky, but, on my second read through I liked it a lot more.

It's a book that demonstrates the diversity in NYC and talks a bit about some of the people who make up one city block.

It's a cute book, perhaps a little hard to read simply because of the font choice
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
There was a time in my life when I just did not get Peter Sis at all. I would stare at his illustrations and his text and not understand what the hoopla was.

Well, today I spent a great deal of time dissecting an image out of this book, and I reached an epiphany, where I finally saw what Sis was doing with the book, how the border is a microcosm for the whole, and how each portion of the image represents what he wants the book to mean, down to the color and thickness of the outlines, and it blew
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Just wonderful! A little girl explores her neighborhood (New York City) and shares her big news will all her friends (who come from all over the world). Lush art and fascinating design make the physical book itself part of the exploration. Excellent invitation for children to explore other cultures (albeit somewhat superficially) through the people they meet.
I'm thrilled to find that there are several "Madlenka" spin-offs. I hope they're as fantastic as this first one.
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved the playful way the text wrapped around the page and how certain cut-our pages allowed for a shift in perspective! As far as the story, I love the multicultural aspect of the title character, Madlenka, telling her neighbors all about her loose tooth! It was sweet how they greeted her in their home language, and how her name changed ever so slightly...I will definitely find a way to incorporate this book into my children's lit course.
Mar 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
weirdest book we've ever read
text is written sideways and even upside down
pictures are borderline creepy
my kids didn't even want to finish it and that never happens
names and greetings in other languages make it hard to read aloud
Christina Packard
The story is so so, but I liked that it was done with an original idea how to display the written words.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The cover art and short synopsis in no way prepared me for the astounding quality of the work found in this book. Madlenka is a little girl living in the heart of New York City, and one of her teeth is coming loose. She's so excited about this sign of her growing to be a big girl that she rushes out to inform all the various shopkeepers around her block of the exciting news. These shopkeepers are from all corners of the world, from the French pâtissier, to the Italian ice-cream truck man, to the ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1st-grade, evelyn
I love so much about this book! 1. the pictures are wonderful. Detailed, yet somewhat whimsical in their reality. The perspective is really fun and interesting. 2. My 7 yr old daughter has been learning about continents and loved that many were mentioned and she knew them. 3. I loved that they showed different languages (even her name translated), which was fun to talk about. 4. The 2 page spreads about each person's homeland which showed many cultural icons were amazing. 5. The simplicity of lo ...more
Brittany Hart
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
“Madlenka” is a dive into a new world! We are put to see things through Madlenka’s eyes as she goes to tell everyone she was a loose tooth. Every time she tells someone new, we learn about them and where they are from.
This is a cute and fun book! I loved getting to learn new things through Madlenka and children in the classroom would do! This would be incredible useful in class if you are mentioning different areas in the world.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This book has illustrations that have a square design. Occasionally, the little girl Madlenka, gets pulled into another culture, land, and her picture is seen in the square with a circle showing another page. Lovely. It requires reading in all kinds of angles, seeing all kinds of visual information, and understanding all kinds of kind people from all over the world.
Jo Oehrlein
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, nyc
Madlenka has a loose tooth and she goes around her very diverse block in NYC to announce it to different neighbors she knows.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-it, picture-books
Cool illustrations. Shows multiculturalism in one NYC city. A little confusing to follow.
Kevin Doyle
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: older kids, parents who love art, families in big cities
If you read any (or all :) of my picture book reviews, you'll quickly learn that for me and my kiddos - art is king. Which is interesting because I do write a bit, but I can't draw a stick. Soooo... you might think it would be opposite. I do love wonderful writing, but illustrious illustrations are my absolute favorite. Anyways, on to the review!

Madlenka is such a startling beautiful book. Page turn after page turn makes you say "whoa" or "wow" or "awesome" or "oooooooh" or any other such exclam
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Why I love it: When I looked for resources I found other Madlenka books, Madlenka’s Dog, Madlenka Soccer Star, and Madlenka’s Music, all obviously written for and inspired by his children. This one in particular is of course the one where Madeleine lost her first tooth. Her neighborhood is a city block made up of people from all over the world. Sis tells this in spiraling news starting with one page and spreading out across a double spread. He has squares cut out of the pages to show Madlenka in ...more
Kara Roberts
Peeking out through a die-cut window on the jacket, Madlenka invites the reader to enter her world. And what a world it is! On the surface, it looks like an ordinary city block, but as we meet Madlenka's neighbors -- the French baker, the Indian news vendor, the Italian ice-cream man, the Latin American grocer, a retired opera singer from Germany, an African American school friend, and the Asian shopkeeper -- and look through die-cut windows to the images and memories they have carried from old ...more
Kayla Pollema
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbgs2
Madlenka is a book about a girl’s journey to lose a tooth. The girls come across many emotions about losing the tooth including excitement and fear.
The mix of color and subdued pages tell the story of all the places the main character visits on the journey to lose her tooth. The dark pages have small cut outs to show the color of the previous or next page. Because of the pictures, readers can use predication about the next picture. Just as in reading, prediction is important the pictures with c
Author Peter Sis takes the reader into the world of a little girl who is experiencing her first loose tooth. Overcome with excitement Madlenka, the protagonist, rushes around her block to tell all of her neighbors. But what Sis is able to do is give the reader a lesson in the cultures of many different people by creating Madlenka's neighborhood in such a diverse manner. Madlenka lives near a baker from France, a newspaper salesman from India, a gelato truck from Italy, a person from Germany,and ...more
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-record
Illustrator: Peter Sis
Age: Elementary
Summary: Madlenka makes her way around the city exploring the multiculturalism in her neighborhood.
Applications/Uses: Can be used to explore the different cultures all located in one area, one city. Specifically it could be used to look at different words in different languages that Madlenka tells us about. Art projects can be inspired by the intricate pictures of the neighborhood drawn on the pages. Also the pictures show places in relation to other things i
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PETER SÍS is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, filmmaker, painter and author. Born in 1949 in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and grew up in Prague. He studied painting and filmmaking at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. His animated work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. He came to America in 1982, and now lives in New York’s Hud ...more