Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau
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Price
£10.99

Format
Hardcover with Jacket

Age Range
4-6 Years

Publishing Date
01/09/2014

Pages
32 pages

Height
279mm

Width
229mm

Illustrations
32 full-colour illustrations

Rights
UK, Ireland, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Central & South America, Caribbean

ISBN
9781419712197

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Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau


In a three-story house with a shop down below,

lived the worlds finest hat maker, Madame Chapeau.

Like the Lady herself, all her hats were refined.

Brilliantly singular. One of a kind.

So begins the tale of a lonely hat maker who matches customers to the perfect hat but lacks her own perfect match in life. Once a year, on her birthday, Madame Chapeau ventures out in her favourite bonnet to dinner. This time, a crow snatches her hat and flies away. Mon dieu! As she chases the crow through the streets of Paris, a baker, a policeman, a cowboy and others offer her their own hats to wear. None of them are quite right, though, until one special little girl offers her a hat "knitted with love and [her] best birthday wish."

About the Author(s)
Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

Andrea Beaty is the author of When Giants Come to Play, Iggy Peck, Architect, Rosie Revere, Engineer, Secrets of the Cicada Summer, Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies and Dorko the Magnificent.

David Roberts has illustrated many children's books, including Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer. From a young age David had an interest in fashion and often made clothes for his sister's dolls and indeed his sister. So much so that he decided to study fashion design at college. Here he developed a particular interest in hats and made them for family and friends before taking a job with milliner Stephen jones in London. Eventually though he found his true calling of illustration but he always maintained an interest in fashion and it plays a big part of his illustrative style. He continues to make hats when time permits and so he was delighted to work on Madame Chapeau for Andrea Beaty. David was inspired by the creativity of Isabella Blow when creating the look for Madame Chapeau and the book features many of the extraordinary hats that she was photographed wearing. Hats designed by Philip Treacy, Stephen Jones and Elsa Schiaparelli all feature in the book along with some of David’s own designs and some classics like the famous Derby worn by Charlie Chaplin and the crumpled top hat worn by mime artist Marcel Marceau.

Reviews
"This is a book full of detail - from the various fabric textures to the little mouse who certainly gets about; youll find yourself lingering on the pages picking out all the artistic delights on offer....A sweet tale of loneliness, creativity and friendship, Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau is a picture book that fills you with that warm, fuzzy feeling and has you wishing that you too owned such a fine collection of head wear." The Illustrated Forest

"A sweet reminder that however different the hats we wear may be, we are united by a common thread" Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

"This is a whimsical and charming book which celebrates creativity, generosity and thoughtfulness from start to finish." Playing By The Book Blog.

This is a charming tale of a lonely hat maker who matches customers to the perfect hats, but lacks her own perfect match in life. Smallish Magazine

"Beaty & Roberts...if I see a new book from the duo I buy it without thinking, without reading the sleeve, without anything it WILL be good." Babyccino Kids Blog

The glorious book, from the best-selling team behind Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer, is a harmonious marriage of light, witty rhyming text (which is no mean feat) and stunning illustrations that add exuberance and charm, with plenty of teeny details to spot. Catherine ODolan My Little Style File

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