When I came across Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau in a list of kids book suggestions in the Sydney Morning Herald late last year, I knew that I had to read it, so fishpond was soon delivering it to my door. Paris, hats, birthdays what could be better?
Madame Chapeau is the "worlds finest hatmaker". Naturally her atelier is in Paris.
She makes "brilliantly singular" hats for her customers.
But Madame Chapeau is lonely, despite her success. Each night she dines alone.
I love that Andrea Beaty has drawn her inspiration from the real world of fashion. Madame Chapeau is Isabella Blow reincarnated (who always reminded me of Louise Brooks), and her hats form a veritable history of hats. From design classics such as Elsa Schiaparelli's Shoe Hat, Charlie Chaplin's Derby to that rather disastrous toilet seat that Princess Beatrice wore to the most recent royal wedding.
Madame Chapeau is a sweet picture book for the fashionable young girl.
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