REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY – Madeline At The White House

Madeline At The White House Cover


Author: John Bemelmans Marciano
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0670012289
ISBN-13: 978-0670012282


Welcome to America, Madeline!

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. Cake and ice cream, dress-up games, and scary stories told in the dark are capped off by a magical nighttime tour of the capital’s most famous landmarks, before it’s time for the twelve little girls in two straight lines to say, “Au revoir, America!”

The Story Behind the Book

“The idea for sending Madeline to the White House was my grandfather’s and grew out of his friendship with Jacqueline Kennedy. In a series of letters from late 1961 and early 1962, my grandfather sounded out the First Lady on ideas for the book, which he proposed calling “Madeline visits Caroline,” with text from Mrs. Kennedy herself. My grandfather died in 1961, before the book was finished.” – John Bemelmans Marciano, author and illustrator of Madeline at the White House and grandson of Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans

Here’s a short video about the book from the author.


I really enjoyed this story. It began with a young girl nicknamed Candle that lives in the White House and seems lonely. Madeline and her friends come from Paris for a visit, just in time for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Madeline befriends Candle and they have a fun and memorable night, just as real girls do on a sleepover. I think it’s great that historical places are included in the book, because it encourages knowledge. I also like the bright watercolor pictures scattered throughout the book. This book would be a great addition to any young girl’s library.


THREE winners will each receive a copy of the new book Madeline at the White House, retail value $17.99 per book. This giveaway is courtesy of Penguin Group.


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About the Author

NJ Mom of 2 boys. – TJ, a 21 year old, and CJ, a 17 year old with Down Syndrome. Jersey girl. I have three younger brothers, all of whom have children. Social media enthusiast. Ds Advocate. Cat person. I love rock music! I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive.

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  1. Bummer, the link to your newsletter sign-up seems to be broken — otherwise, I would love to sign up. Hope it gets fixed soon!

  2. Madeline was definitely one of my favorite childhood books! We’ve still got my old beat-up copy. I also love Madeline’s Rescue! Other favorites were Corduroy, Harry at the Beach, and Bread and Jam for Frances. I still love all thes books and so enjoy sharing them with our children and their little buddies.

  3. I am a yahoo reader subscriber – my email address was wrong in my previous entry, sorry…I am an email & yahoo reader subscriber from this address…

  4. I’m a friend of yours on Facebook (Dana McWilliams).


  5. Lately my daughter’s favorite book has been Rugrats Blast Off! My favorites were always the Berenstain Bear books.


  6. My absolute fave that I read so much that the pages were tattered and torn: Fox in Socks

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