Synopses & Reviews
Harold is a squirrel living a happy if sheltered life in his park on New York City's Upper West Side. But when a streetwise rat persuades him to take part in an experiment, Harold suddenly finds himself without his tail fur-and without a home. Mistaken for a rat and forced out on the unfamiliar streets of New York, Harold encounters a cast of unforgettable characters, including a neurotic pigeon, a vain cat, and a tribe of hostile squirrels. But it's not until Harold discovers allies in an unusual trio of rodents that his adventures really begin. . . . By turns funny, poignant, and suspenseful, Harold's Tail will appeal to fans of Stuart Little and The Cricket in Times Square as it celebrates the courage of an unexpected hero and the resilient power of friendship
“To say that the Baddenfield family had a checkered past is to insult innocent board games everywhere” writes Marciano (Madeline at the White House). That arch observation—along with an opening graveside scene that makes it clear that bratty 12 year old Alexander Baddenfield’ s death is wholly unregretted—may initially convince readers that they’ve found a book to plug the blackhearted hole once filled by Lemony Snicket. The tale which concerns Alexander’s attempt to thwart the family curse of early death by stealing a cat’s nine lives tips its hat both to A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Simpsons (the relationship between Alexander and his retainer Winterbottom instantly brings to mind the lopsided adoration of Smithers for Mr. Burns). There’s devilish humor to be found watching Alexander waste life after life but the story wears itself out with weak characterizations forced jokes and swipes at the evils of wealth. Blackall’s Charles Addams vibe is a natural choice but her intermittent illustrations are actually quite prim even Alexander’s nine death scenes. Ages 10–up. Author’s agent: Jill Grinberg Jill Grinberg Literary Management. Illustrator’s agent: Nancy Gallt Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Praise for THE NINE LIVES OF ALEXANDER BADDENFIELD:
"Fun for a sophisticated reader, with puns, anagrams, and good-natured satirical potshots"—The Horn Book
Readers will see Washington, D.C., as never before, when Madeline takes a midnight sightseeing tour on a magic carpet of cherry blossoms. Invited to the White House by Candle, the president's lonely only daughter, for the annual Easter Egg hunt and roll, Madeline and the other little girls have a rollicking good time, and introduce Candle to the joys of occasionally breaking the rules. With a bouncy read-aloud text and gorgeous watercolor pictures, Madeline at the White House is in the best tradition of the beloved Madeline books.
The Paris skies are gray, so Miss Clavel and the twelve little girls are leaving for brighter weather? spring in Rome. Rome has wonderful sights to see and delicious things to eat, but Madeline also finds an unexpected adventure, involving a thief, a chase, and many, many cats. The first all-new Madeline book in close to fifty years combines a lively story with luminous gouache and watercolor illustrations. Beloved Madeline returns, as brave and irrepressible as ever!
Alexander Baddenfield is a horrible boya really horrible boywho is the last in a long line of lying, thieving scoundrels. One day, Alexander has an astonishing idea. Why not transplant the nine lives from his cat into himself? Suddenly, Alexander has lives to spare, and goes about using them up, attempting the most outrageous feats he can imagine. Only when his lives start running out, and he is left with only one just like everyone else, does he realize how reckless he has been.
With its wickedly funny story and equally clever illustrations, this is dark humor at its most delicious.
About the Author
John lives in Brooklyn, where he shares an art studio with Sergo Ruzzier, Brian Floca, and Sophie Blackall. Sophie Blackall is also a New York Times best-selling illustrator. She is originally from Australia and has illustrated over 25 books for children. Her books Include the Ivy and Bean series, as well as BIG RED LOLLYPOP, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Sophie also lives in Brooklyn, where she also shares an art studio with Sergio Ruzzier and Brian Floca. She sits close enough to John Bemelmans Marciano to throw her eraser at him, but she hardly ever does.