Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau, by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

I think it’s a record: three days after Christmas and I’ve packed up the tree. Now I love Christmas, love everything about it- singing carols, decorating the tree, doing the Christmas crafts with the kids, baking loads of cookies, the stacks of holiday books, the general feelings of peace, joy, and goodwill- but as soon as Christmas day is over, something about the tree and the Christmas decorations scream to be cleaned up. It all feels less tasteful, more clunky and in the way and OH MAN THE PINE NEEDLES EVERYWHERE. My son’s birthday is one week after Christmas (my New Year’s Eve baby!), and I like to keep the celebrations separate.

So now, leading up to the last day of the year (and the last day of Toby being six), I bring you Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. These are the two responsible for Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect– two colorful and intelligent stories about inspired future professions. I won my copy from This Picture Book Life (Hi Danielle! Thank you!) and have included it in my list of favorite books to come out in 2014 over on Mamalode (please go check it out if you haven’t already). 

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau, by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts- from www.ameliesbookshelf.com

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau is hands-down my favorite rhyming book of the year. The exceptionally stylish milliner, Madame Chapeau, has the gift of being able to match perfectly each hat to its owner. However, in her personal life, she is rather lonely and even on her birthday, she dresses up and goes out to dine alone at “Chez Snooty-Patoot.” When a crow makes off with her beguiling birthday bonnet, her many Parisian neighbors are compelled to offer her their own hats—but Madame Chapeau recognizes that the gorgeous headpieces proffered are perfectly suited only to the heads they came from.

“She knew that each hat—with its feathers or fur—was made for someone who was simply not her.”

It’s not until a young girl gives her a hat “knitted with love,” that she feels complete, and everyone joins her in a colorful and jaunty celebration.Happy Birthday Madame Cheapeau
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Isn’t it just so chic and stylish?! Now if there’s one thing I love, it’s a good birthday hat. It’s just not a party without them. Perhaps that’s why this book has stolen my heart.

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Now what to put together for next week’s birthday? I kind of like the knit pom poms…


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10 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau, by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

    • I used to- we would always put the tree up on Christmas Eve as a kid and leave it up until the end of January. There is nothing else throughout the year that makes me as happy as looking at our Christmas tree, I just adore it. But this year I decided I wanted to celebrate Toby’s birthday without the Christmas overtones. I don’t know if I’ll do it again next year, we’ll just have to see. And do check out Madame Chapeau, she’s tres chic!

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  2. I have to check out this book as I am not familiar with it. The illustrations are to die for aren’t they? Thanks so much for sharing this book with us. It seems super.

    I Still have lights around the quilt hanging on the dark wall making it lighter along with all my Christmas lights. But yes, I took the tree down. 🙂


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