Here, collected in one handsome volume, are all the adventures of Madeline, a fearless little girl full of mischief and vitality who is one of the worldÃ¢ÂÂs most popular and beloved fictional characters. Madeline, which was first published in 1939, and its five sequels have charmed generations of readers, and become true classics. In each of these books, BemelmansÃ¢ÂÂ humorous verse, his immortal charactersÃ¢ÂÂMiss Clavel, Pepito, the magician, the othersÃ¢ÂÂand his wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris combine to create a memorable reading experience for people of all ages.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen has written an introduction to the collection, which also includes Ã¢ÂÂThe Isle of God,Ã¢ÂÂ an essay by Bemelmans on how he invented Madeline, and never-before-published working sketches of Madeline, as well as photos of the Bemelmans family.
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