Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline
Ludwig Bemelmans

"In an old house in Paris, that was covered in vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. They left the house, at half past nine...The smallest one was Madeline"

Any parent with small children is undoubtedly familiar with the text above. It is from the award winning children's book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. The author is most famous for his series of Madeline books but he also was a novelist, a screenwriter, a painter, a muralist and wrote non-fiction.

Bemelmans was born in Austria in 1898 and died in 1962. An interesting fact about Bemelmans is that he started his career in the hotel business, enlisted with the United States army during World War 1 and became a restaurateur before ever writing a book. In fact, he didn't start writing until 1934 when his book Hansi was first published. Although this book was well received, it wasn't until Bemelmans wrote Madeline that he saw real success.

Ludwig married Madeline Freund in 1935 and had one daughter named Barbara whom the Madeline character is based on. The first Madeline was published in 1939 and was named a Caldecott Honor Book and the sequel, Madeline's Rescue received a Caldecott Medal. He went on to write four other Madeline books which have all become classics. Bemelmans was a busy man - he created many covers for the New Yorker, contributed to various other magazines including Harper's Bazaar, Town and Country, Vogue and he designed a set for a Broadway show.

Later in his life Bemelmans considered himself a serious painter. If you're visiting New York, be sure to stop by the Carlyle Hotel and have a drink at the Bemelmans bar - it is there that you can see his murals.

Bemelmans' Books

Hansi by Ludwig Bemelmans (1934)
Hansi
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1934)
The Golden Basket by Ludwig Bemelmans (1936)
The Golden Basket
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1936)
Quito Express by Ludwig Bemelmans (1938)
Quito Express
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1938)
The Castle Number Nine by Ludwig Bemelmans (1937)
The Castle Number Nine
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1937)
Noodle by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans (1937)
Noodle
by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans (1937)
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (1939)
Madeline
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1939)
Fifi by Ludwig Bemelmans (1940)
Fifi
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1940)
Sunshine by Ludwig Bemelmans (1950)
Sunshine
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1950)
The Happy Place by Ludwig Bemelmans (1952)
The Happy Place
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1952)
Rosebud by Ludwig Bemelmans (1942)
Rosebud
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1942)
Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans (1953)
Madeline's Rescue
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1953)
Madeline's Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans (1956)
Madeline's Christmas
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1956)
Madeline and the Bad Hat by Ludwig Bemelmans (1956)
Madeline and the Bad Hat
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1956)
Madeline and the Gypsies by Ludwig Bemelmans (1959)
Madeline and the Gypsies
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1959)
Madeline in London by Ludwig Bemelmans (1961)
Madeline in London
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1961)
Parsley by Ludwig Bemelmans (1955)
Parsley
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1955)
Welcome Home by Ludwig Bemelmans (1960)
Welcome Home
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1960)
Marina by Ludwig Bemelmans (1962)
Marina
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1962)
Life Class by Ludwig Bemelmans (1938)
Life Class
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1938)
Small Beer by Ludwig Bemelmans (1939)
Small Beer
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1939)
The Donkey Inside by Ludwig Bemelmans (1941)
The Donkey Inside
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1941)
I Love You. I Love You. I Love You. by Ludwig Bemelmans (1943)
I Love You. I Love You. I Love You
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1943)
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep by Ludwig Bemelmans (1942)
Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1942)
The Blue Danube by Ludwig Bemelmans (1945)
The Blue Danube
by Ludwig Bemelmans (1945)

 

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