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Title:
Happy birthday Madame Chapeau
Author:
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
Summary:
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.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 168578.
ISBN:
9781419712197
Format :
Book

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Summary

In a three-story house with a shop down below, lived the world's finest hat maker, Madame Chapeau. Like the Lady herself, all her hats were refined. Brilliantly singular. One of a kind. So begins Andrea Beaty's new rhyming picture book about a hat maker adored by her friends and neighbours. On her birthday, Madame Chapeau wears the perfect bonnet made by her late husband. But on the way to her birthday dinner, a crow snatches her hat and flies away with it, leaving Mme. Chapeau sans bonnet. As she chases the crow, everyone around her begins to follow her, offering their own hats for her to wear. None of them are quite right for Madame Chapeau, though, until one special little girl offers her a hat "knitted with love and [her] best birthday wish." What appears "rather odd" to Mme Chapeau at first is actually the perfect gift for her. A delightful story about love, community and friendship, with some fancy hats and a birthday thrown in for good measure.


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 www.ThreeSillyChicks.com. 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.