I went to Fairhope, Alabama last week and attended a book signing for the multi-talented author and illustrator John Bemelmans Marciano. (You can learn more about him here.) And yes, I picked up an extra copy that he signed for one lucky winner—and it could be you!
First things first, though...
The Page & Palette is my favorite independent bookstore, and I want to commend them for doing such an outstanding job hosting this author event. I also want to add that John Bemelmans Marciano was an absolute pleasure to meet. He was very accommodating to all of his adoring fans, young and old. I do hope you will have the opportunity to meet him in the near future. I know he is on tour right now, so check your local listings.
Here are a few snapshots from last Saturday:
Totally cool sign in the store window!
And here's the new Madeline book:
Madeline and friends are off to enjoy a wonderful American adventure. The White House in Washington, D.C., is their destination, where they are the guests of the president's lonely only daughter for the annual Easter Egg Roll.
This book is based on an idea that Ludwig Bemelmans was working on when he died in 1962. I like how John Bemelmans Marciano included a secret service agent for Miss Penelope Randall. LOL! Details are so important. (View the book trailer here.)
And on a funny note...
The political climate has been less than optimistic lately, so it’s about time there was something positive about the White House. Now if we can just get the Democrats and Republicans to lighten up. Maybe they could roll Easter eggs with spoons versus casting votes? I'd buy a ticket!
I also purchased these fun titles:
Come along with Madeline as she feeds breadcrumbs to the birds, shares a pot of tea with the elephant, and shows the tiger that she is not afraid.
Note: I’m thoroughly impressed that a Madeline story could be made into this type of format. It's bright and entertaining for little boys and girls. Cheers! I was originally going to buy this for my grandson, but ended up getting it signed for me. I feel so guilty—NOT. Hahahaha!
The Paris skies are gray and gloomy, so Miss Clavel and the twelve little girls set out to find the sun. The time has come for spring in Rome! There are glorious sights to see and delicious pasta to eat, and of course the intrepid Madeline finds herself in the midst of an adventure, one involving a thief, a chase, and many, many cats.
I know two secrets about this book, but you'll have to catch the author on tour to learn what they are. LOL! This is my favorite picture book out of the entire series. I enjoyed seeing the sites of Rome, and who doesn't crave a little mystery and adventure?
Here's a photo of John Bemelmans Marciano reading from one of his Madeline books. Wish I had jotted down some of the children's observations. They were an incredibly smart bunch! It was also quite fascinating listening to the history of each story, and learning why certain details were included in the illustrations. Good times!
And check out the goodies everyone enjoyed after the reading:
I was third or fourth in line to get my books signed, and here's the lovely lady behind me. She brought an original painting by Ludwig Bemelmans to share with his grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano. I appreciate her allowing these photos:
Small world, eh?
Here's a close-up!
(And she had this rare edition book to boot.)
As you can see, it was a very exciting day for everyone in attendance, but most of all me. I collect picture books, and these treasures have their very own shelf in my office.
And now let's move on to the contest:
It's simple to enter. Type your legal name in the comments section of this post, and tell me what your favorite Madeline book is—and why. Spread the news about this contest via blogs, online forums, Twitter, or Facebook. Also, please number yourselves consecutively, so I don't go blind counting the entries. LOL!
Note: You may enter once.
This contest opens now and closes at midnight on Friday, March 4, 2011 (Central Time Zone). Random Number Generator will select the lucky winner of Madeline at the White House on Saturday, March 5, 2011.
Have a great weekend and good luck!