Great news, adults: The Madeline books are still very popular. After nearly 75 years of marching around Paris, pooh-poohing at tigers, and brushing her teeth, Madeline remains as entertaining as ever to small children. Yes, it's true. Your taste remains relevant, you prescient genius-child turned quirky, intelligent grown person.
John Bemelmans Marciano, grandson of original author and artist Ludwig Bemelmans, currently writes couplets and adventures for Madeline. Like Eloise with less 'tude and more devotion to her peers, Madeline lives in a boarding school with a dozen other young ladies, all cared for by Miss Clavel. The series started in 1939, and by now Madeline has gone to London, the White House, and, most recently, Rome. She also forms unexpected friendships in tales like Madeline and the Gypsies and Madeline and the Bad Hat.
Marciano spoke to NPR about the lasting appeal of this spunky young lady, which he believes is because of her fearlessness. Kids admire kids that aren't afraid of cold weather or mice. Armed with pluck, that girl has a skillful lemonade-out-of-lemons approach to the world. Once, she had to have her appendix taken out, and in a Tom Sawyer–like maneuver, she convinced all of her classmates that this was the most fun, and soon everyone was wailing to have theirs removed as well. A born saleswoman, that Madeline.
Marciano also speaks of Bemelmans’s multilingual background, which he thinks “must have driven editors crazy.” Speaking French until he was 5 and then living in Germany until his early teens, Bemelmans often attempted to rhyme words that just wouldn't. For example, Genevieve and beef. The best dinner grace of all dinner graces, which seemingly appeared in the original Madeline book, also involves a wonderful non-rhyme:
We love our bread, we love our butter, but most of all we love each other.
It doesn’t rhyme at all, really! But it kind of works? And it's filled with such wonderful things to think about, like the food you are staring at and the people you're standing next to.
In conclusion, so thrilled to announce that things you once loved are still currently beloved and not necessarily on their way to Brooklyn, yet.
Shop: Pretty Pastels For Fall
Most Viewed Stories
Brad Pitt Fights Back Against Angelina Jolie and Her Plot to ‘Destroy’ Him
Looks Like Kate Middleton Is Enjoying the View in Canada
Trump Campaign Manager Accidentally Refers to His ‘Abuse’ of Women on Live TV
Megyn Kelly Roasts Trump’s Campaign Manager for Claiming He Doesn’t Make Sexist Comments
Finally Someone Called Donald Trump a Giant Baby and It Was Michelle Obama
What It’s Like to Be a Female Reporter Covering Donald Trump
22 Intimate Lost Photos of Marilyn Monroe
Prince Married to Commoner Still Too Good to Tweet
Democratic Women Senators Are Very Concerned About Donald Trump’s Weight
It’s Finally Possible to Understand What Happened to Amanda Knox
From Our Partners
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Love and War FeaturesThe Novelist Disguised As a Housewife
Shirley Jackson wrote 17 books while raising four children — and she couldn't have had a successful career without them.Ava DuVernay on Hollywood Racism, Modern-Day Slavery, and Why She’s Still an Optimist
The director, whose new documentary The 13th chronicles America’s history of racial subjugation, talks to Rebecca Traister about Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and the modern criminal-justice system.What No One Tells Couples Trying to Conceive
It helps to be rich.The Hidden Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race
A segregated unit of mathematicians born of desperation during World War II became the secret to NASA’s success.Slut-Shaming Squids Are Everywhere
The “Bermuda Square” comic strip is back.Santigold’s New Video Is the Result of a Spontaneous Run-in With Kara Walker
The collaboration that dreams are made of.Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield Spotted Together Again, Love Might Be Real
They could be back together ahh!Teen, Forced to Go on Vacation With Her Family, Calls 911
The logical decision.Report: Hearst Fired Seventeen EIC Michelle Tan During Her Maternity Leave
Tan had been at the magazine for about two years.Good Morning America Host Amy Robach Apologizes for Saying ‘Colored People’ on Air
She quickly apologized.
That’s one way to do it.Don’t Mess This Up, Mischa Barton
Marissa Cooper is poised for a comeback ... maybe.California Votes to Remove Time Limit on Prosecuting Rape Cases
In light of the Bill Cosby case.Beyoncé’s Behind-the-Scenes Lemonade Photos Belong in a Museum
She had the "Boycott Beyoncé" sign already in formation on set.The Rise of the Male Celebrity Full-Frontal
An ex-publicist explains.Gabby Douglas Will Be a Miss America Judge
The gold-medal gymnast will help choose the 2017 pageant winner.Camille Becerra’s Photo Diary of Rockaway Beach
An ideal trip to add and cross off your summer bucket list.Sorry Nerds, Ian McKellen Won’t Officiate Your Expensive Lord of the Rings–Themed Wedding
Not even for $1.5 million.Miles Teller Is Still Upset About Being Called a Dick
He wants to set the record straight.Why Parents Shouldn’t Talk About Weight With Their Teens
New guidelines seek to banish weight talk.