Madame Badobedah

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$18.99  $17.47
Walker Books Us
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8.5 X 11.5 X 0.5 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Sophie Dahl is the best-selling author of four books for adults and two books for children. The Worst Sleepover in The World follows her children's debut, the critically acclaimed Madame Badobedah. She has written nonfiction essays for Vogue, British Vogue, the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Sunday Times (London). She has judged the Women's Prize for Fiction and British Vogue's Young Talent Contest. She is also a contributing editor and monthly columnist at House & Garden magazine. Madame Badobedah was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, received a Parents' Choice Gold Award, and was selected as a 2019 Best Children's Book by both the Guardian and the Sunday Times (London). Lauren O'Hara is the illustrator of Hortense and the Shadow and The Bandit Queen. She lives in a converted church in Dublin, Ireland.


Dahl's voice for Mabel is young and amusingly opinionated. O'Hara's watercolor illustrations have a retro feel, with lighthearted views of the seaside hotel, Mabel and Madame--and some mermaids...The appeal of Mabel's fanciful take on the older woman's past grows along with their friendship, transforming the poignancy and losses of old age into something sweetly adventuresome and glamorous. A warmhearted tale of intergenerational connection.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Mabel is surprised when Madame Badobedah invites her in for tea, and a friendship begins between the two. Their imagined adventures and histories give way to confessions of truths and secrets, all of which play out in the glorious watercolor illustrations, shimmering with beachy hues, whimsy, and enchanting details. Youngsters ready for longer stories should pack their bags for the Mermaid Hotel without delay.
--Booklist (starred review)