by Leonard Gill
So begins each of the Madeline stories by children's author/illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans, who died in 1962. So begins Madeline and the Old House in Paris (Viking), written and illustrated by John Bemelmans Marciano, grandson of Ludwig and inheritor of his grandfather's style of storytelling and artwork. In this latest Madeline story, she's in the company of a ghost — the centuries-old ghost of an astronomer upset by the loss of his telescope. Pepito, Madeline's friend, is on hand. So too: Miss Clavel and Lord Cucuface.
Both books come timed for Halloween, and a line ticket is required for the signing. Buy Madeline and the Old House in Paris or The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield (or both) and that ticket is yours for free.