Madame Badobedah

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Madame Badobedah
Written by Sophie Dahl
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781536210224
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Madame Badobedah

author: Sophie Dahl
illustrator: Lauren O'Hara

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Madame Badobedah

There’s a strange new guest at the Mermaid Hotel — a very old lady with a growly voice, bags stuffed with jewelry and coins and curiosities, and a beady-eyed pet tortoise. Mabel, whose parents run the hotel, is suspicious. Who is this “Madame Badobedah” (it rhymes with "Oo la la") who has come to stay indefinitely and never has any visitors? To find out, Mabel puts on her spy costume and observes the new guest. Conclusion? She must be a secret supervillain hiding out from the law. The grown-ups think Madame Badobedah is a bit rude — and sad — but when she invites “dahlink” Mabel for a cup of forbidden tea and a game of pirates, the two begin a series of imaginary adventures together, and Mabel realizes that first impressions can sometimes be very wrong. Conjuring two quirky heroines that young readers will love, Sophie Dahl adds her talented voice to a grand tradition of books that celebrate the alliance of the old and young in the face of humdrum adults, while Lauren O’Hara’s illustrations are as packed with intriguing details as Madame Badobedah’s suitcases.

Who is Madame Badobedah? Mabel sets out to prove that an eccentric new hotel guest is really a supervillain in this witty storybook about an intergenerational friendship.
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1536210226 /  9781536210224
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Picture Books / Hardback
age range:
5 yrs - 8 yrs
# of pages/size:
56 / 8 1/4" x 11 3/8"
grade range:
Kindergarten - Grade 3
Mysteries & Detective Stories; Social Themes; Travel;
author’s comments:
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).
illustrator’s comments:
Lauren O’Hara is the illustrator of Hortense and the Shadow and The Bandit Queen. She lives in a converted church in Dublin, Ireland.
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