Love from Madeline
I enjoyed reading the Madeline books as a child and it’s been a treat to share the collection with my own children. So, when I saw that a new book was being released, I was excited to check it out. Publishing new works in a beloved series by a posthumous author is tricky and there is a lot that can go wrong. The author’s previous work must be respected, but it can’t be an exact copy. What’s beloved about the story must remain, while also having an element of newness and freshness.
With all these demands, Love from Madeline falls a little flat. The premise is sweet-rhyming reminders about what love and kindness are, along with popular characters from the previous books who populate each page. However, the adventure element that the Madeline books are known for is definitely missing. Even the illustrations lack the original sharpness and liveliness.
That being said, it’s hard to dislike anything that features our scrappy pint size heroine from Paris, along with Ms. Clavel and the old house covered in vines. I found it very handy that this book was pocket size, perfect for tucking into a diaper bag or purse to run errands. However, this won’t be a new favorite for me.
|Page Count||32 pages|
|Publisher||Viking Books for Young Readers|
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