Mike D'Angelo
December 18, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

Madeline

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ludwig Bemelmans
publisher
Viking Studio
genre
Kids and Family
We gave it a B-

At a video outlet
Located near you
Sits a fun little film
On the shelf labeled ”New.”
It’s about a girls’ school
In a big house in France
(Though the folks all speak English
When given the chance).
The smallest girl there,
Madeline, is an orphan
Confined in a film
Sans explosions or morphin’.
Just one grand adventure
Right after another
Plus Frances McD
As a surrogate mother.
As kids’ pictures go
It at least achieves par.
There’s one major drawback
And that’s the film’s star.
Ms. Jones, it is true,
Is a cute little moppet.
Her winsomeness, though,
She’s unable to stop it!
A bit of her charm goes
An awful long way.
But it’s still a fine choice
For a wet, rainy day. B-

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