Tidbits on Peabody
Many newpapers and magazines put Madonna‘s books “The English Roses” and “Mr Peabody’s Apples” in their lists of tips for Xmas presents.
Madonna’s books were also a great success for Penguin Uk, this year. Her children’s titles are included in Penguin’s new best sellers list.
In today’s Star Telegram, staff writer Cathy Frising, gives grades to new children’s authors. She seems a bit strict. Madonna gets a B but the her view on Mr Peabody’s Apples seems very positive:
“Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna, illustrated by Loren Long, (Callaway, $19.95). Madonna has taken a cautionary tale from cabala (Jewish mysticism) and translated it into a cozy American setting. A history teacher who coaches Little League on weekends is harmed when a boy spreads a rumor that turns out to be wrong. There isn’t exactly a happy ending to this story; the boy learns his lesson, but the damage can’t totally be undone. A step up from Madonna’s first book, The English Roses. The illustrations are nice, too.”