If your kids liked the movie RATATOUILLE, they'll like the picture book ANATOLE (written by Eve Titus, illustrated byPaul Galdone.) Anatole is a mouse who sneaks into the Duvall Cheese Factory to taste the cheese. He even leaves little notes, commenting on the quality of the cheese. Things begin to change for the better for the factory when his advice is followed...fun reading and great art in a classic Caldecott Honor book.
Also look for: ANATOLE AND THE CAT; ANATOLE AND THE PIED PIPER; ANATOLE AND THE PIANO; ANATOLE AND THE POODLE.
MADELINE (Caldecott Medal winner, by Ludwig Bemelmans) is a favorite of young girls and boys alike. Stanzas like "an old house in Paris that was covered in vines" and "twelve little girls in two straight lines" are appealing to kids not only because of the rhyme, but because of the order that is established. Then along comes Madeleine, the heroine and smallest of the girls, who proceeds to destroy that order with her impetuous mischief! There's also Miss Clavel, the nun who is constantly trying keep Madeleine out of trouble... and Pepito, the Spanish Ambassador's son from next door, who will make brothers want to listen in to their sister's "girl books"!
Also look for: MADELINE'S RESCUE (Caldecott winner); MADELINE'S CHRISTMAS; MADELINE AND THE BAD HAT; MADELINE AND THE GYPSIES; MADELINE IN LONDON.
THE HAPPY LION (by Louise Fatio, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin) is about a friendly lion in a small French zoo who enjoys the visits each day of the townspeople. See what happens when the zookeeper forgets to close the cage door.
Also look for: THE HAPPY LION ROARS
MONSIEUR SAGUETTE AND HIS BAGUETTE (by Frank Asch) is a silly story in which a baguette becomes the handy solution for impending disaster during Monsieur's very eventful walk home!
ADELE AND SIMON (by Barbara McClintock) Adele cautions her brother not to lose anything on their way home from school...well, you can guess what happens! Gorgeous illustrations of neighborhoods and landmarks bring to life a simple story, set in early 20th century Paris. Not to be missed! (Note: with careful searching each of Simon's lost items can be found!)