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Every few years, I rediscover the genius that is Ludwig Bemelmans, whether it's a short story of his that I stumbled upon when I was a teen, or a memoir about working at the Ritz (aka the "Hotel Splendide"), reading "Madeline and the Bad Hat" to my toddler, or seeing the Bemelmans Bar with its murals of Central Park at the Carlyle. Recently, I saw a new edition of "Sunshine" in our kids department. There is no Madeline in this one and the rhymes are a bit more adult: "And the thing that mostly grates me--Is that my own lawyer hates me." But the trademark pictures--his crowd scenes are particularly magical--and the heartwarming finale, are all definitively him. More than Madeline, it's a book for all ages, and like it, it's a book for all the ages to come.— From Carla's Picks
A reissue of Ludwig Bemelmans’s enchanting picture book, which offers a unique view of New York City and will appeal to fans of his classic Madeline books.
First published in 1950, this classic picture book by the creator of Madeline tells the story of a music teacher and her crotchety landlord who will do anything for peace and quiet. Readers will meet Miss Moore, a sweet and eccentric older woman who moves into an apartment in New York City and, with the help of her students, outwits her landlord, Mr. Sunshine, when he tries to evict her after learning that she intends to run a music school in her apartment. Full of charm, umbrellas, and a little bit of Christmas Eve magic, Sunshine—as the 1950 publication states—is an enchanting tale with the “gentle touch of Madeline, as well as some thoroughly ridiculous situations. [It is] a unique guide to New York City, showing its landmarks as they could only be seen through the eyes of Ludwig Bemelmans.”
Perfect for fans of the original Madeline series, Sunshine will delight children and their parents, as well as visitors to and inhabitants of New York City.