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Happy birthday Madame Chapeau
Beaty, Andrea, author.
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Publication Information:
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
When a crow flies off with her birthday bonnet as she walks to dinner, Madame Chapeau chases the thief through the streets of Paris while admirers offer her replacement hats, but none seem quite right until someone offers a special gift.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 168578.
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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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In a three-story house with a shop down below,

lived the worlds finest hat maker, Madame Chapeau.

Like the Lady herself, all her hats were refined.

Brilliantly singular. One of a kind.

So begins the tale of a lonely hat maker who matches customers to the perfect hat but lacks her own perfect match in life. Once a year, on her birthday, Madame Chapeau ventures out in her favorite bonnet to dinner. This time, a crow snatches her hat and flies away. Mon dieu! As she chases the crow through the streets of Paris, a baker, a policeman, a cowboy, and others offer her their own hats to wear. None of them are quite right, though, until one special little girl offers her a hat "knitted with love and [her] best birthday wish."

From the bestselling team behind Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer comes this delightful and very stylish story about love, community, and friendship, with some fancy hats thrown in for good measure.

Praise for Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau
"Beaty carries the bounces and lilts to the very last page. Roberts' colorful, exaggerated hats (many of which are modeled on real designs) whimsically adorn the multicultural Parisian public."
-- Kirkus Reviews

Author Notes

Andrea Beaty is the author of When Giants Come to Play; Iggy Peck, Architect; Doctor Ted; and the mid-grade novel Cicada Summer. As a kid, she spent her days being a detective, world explorer, movie star, and spy. Now, as a children's author, she spends her days pretty much the same way! Along with children's authors Julia Durango and Carolyn Crimi, she reviews funny books for kids at the website Her title Rosie Revere, Engineer made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2013. She made the list again in 2016 with her title Ada Twist, Scientist.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Madame Chapeau is the world's finest hat maker. She's also lonely. Once a year, she treats herself to a posh birthday dinner, wearing her finest gown and a beloved hat made especially for her. When a crow steals it from her head, Madame Chapeau endures the loss of her treasured hat but then enjoys the misguided generosity of so many presumably satisfied customers who offer her their own lids. Guided by the aesthetic and spiritual truth that those hats are perfect for their owners and completely unsuited for herself, Madame Chapeau refuses them and sits down to a mournful birthday dinner, alone and hatless. Fortunately, a little girl has noticed her plight and comes up with the perfect solution. Although there are some abrupt shifts in the storytelling, the effervescent cadence of Beaty's rhyming text compensates, as do Roberts' quirky, doll-like characters. An artist's note reveals that Roberts, who worked as a milliner himself, has included many famous hats and styles among Chapeau's repertoire. Hats off to a story brimming with charm and panache.--Dean, Kara Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

An inspired milliner named Madame Chapeau stars in this eminently stylish tale from the duo behind Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer. While Madame Chapeau can match people to hats with effortless aplomb, she is lonely and dines alone-even on her birthday. When a crow steals her birthday bonnet ("Someone quite special once made that for me," she declares, giving chase), Parisians of all stripes offer her the hats off their heads, yet none is quite right. Finally, a girl gives her a colorful knit cap with yellow earflaps and green pom-poms-just the spunky accessory to lift Madame Chapeau out of her funk: "They feasted on gateau and sorbet with fruit/ and danced through the night at Chez Snooty-Patoot./ Then Madame Chapeau wore her birthday hat home./ And never again did she dine all alone." Entirely in step with the buoyancy of Beaty's rhymes, Roberts revels in filling the streets of Paris with multiculturally modish figures wearing couture ensembles, topped off (quite literally) by gloriously elaborate headpieces. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. Illustrator's agent: Artist Partners of London. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.