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Moi and Marie Antoinette [Paperback]

Lynn Cullen , Amy Young
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4 Aug 2008
As a little girl in Austria, Marie Antoinette had nothing more stressful to think about than what to eat next. When she was just a little older she was taken to France to marry the future king, and life became a lot more serious! Relishing the details of courtly life and narrating the pressures of becoming one of the world's most famous - and infamous - queens, this delightful and beautiful book brings a real historical figure to life.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (4 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074759774X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747597742
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 0.3 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,225,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lynn Cullen is the author of picture books and novels - including the historical novel I Am Rembrandt's Daughter (published by Bloomsbury). She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Author website at www.lynncullen.com Amy Young trained as a fine artist at Yale and received an MFA in painting from Indiana University. She then went on to earn a law degree from Harvard and worked as a lawyer for several years. Amy now devotes herself to writing and illustrating full time, and is the creator of the popular Belinda picture books. Visit her at www.amylyoung.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter sweet story with a happy ending 11 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful picture book following Marie Antoinette from her idyllic childhood in Austria to the pressures of the French court. Her loneliness is shown through the abandonment of her lap dog whose story this is. The dog acts as a proxy - this is all about how French court life separates him and his mistress, but has a happy ending as he finds a loving mistress in her daughter Theresa. No French Revolution here, so suitable for younger and more sensitive children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful for any age reader. 3 July 2007
By LindaClare - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I purchased this book for my 33 year-old daughter, who lives in another state with her little Pug, for several reasons. One; she has a Pug, two; she studied French when she was in High School, three; she's been to Paris and has a special thing for the Eiffel Tower, four; she collects special books regardless of age. She loved the book with it's beautiful colored illustrations and read it to her little Pug, Chloe who also loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASING BOOK FOR THE MOST PART 3 April 2009
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a rather odd, but cute little book on the life of Marie Antoinette, in particular her young life, as seen through the eyes of her pet pug, Sebastien, a very spoiled and self centered little dog, as of course was his mistress.

Now we need to pause here and consider a couple of things. First, the author has taken great liberty in her account of history, which from this aspect, the book is quite flawed. Secondly, when reading this to young children, be prepared to tell them the rest of the story, as I guarantee they will ask; I know as I have been there and done that with a couple groups of children. There is always at least one in the group, even at the first and second grade level, that is somewhat aware of Antoinette's ultimate fate

That being said, this is a cute read. The sardonic wit of the dog allows the author to take some pretty nice shots at the French Court of that time and some of the personalities involved. Now I have always felt that Marie was sort of dealt a bad hand right from the start, but history is history and we sort of have to live with that. If you know pugs, you will see that the author also knows them. I can quite well imagine that the ones I have known would have had a very similar out look on life as our little pup does in this work.

The illustrations in this work are good. They are not the style that is a favorite of mine, but the kids seem to like it well enough and that is what really counts in a child's book. The various pictures go from quite detailed to quite general and you do get a good feeling of what is going on through them as they go perfectly with the text. These are actually some very nice and mellow water colors here which are very well executed.

Now I would normally give a works such as these three stars, four at the most, as I truly dislike books, even children's books that take too much liberty with history. The little dog and the authors humor shines through on this one though, so rather than take myself too serious, I will just chalk this up to a nice really, really fictionalized historical story and leave it as that. The kids like it, especially the little girls, and as I said, that is what counts.

And no, the author did not lose her head and carry this story to its well known conclusion.

Don Blankenship
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4.0 out of 5 stars Habit forming, obsession feuling 11 Jan 2013
By Melinda S B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My 6 year old daughter has demanded this book every night for weeks. She loves it, and it has fueled her love of Marie Antoinette so much so that we are going to the Treasures of the Louvre exhibit at the museum to learn more about her. I have not told her yet of how poor Marie met her end, but when I do...she will be very sad.
5.0 out of 5 stars A dog's eye view of 18th Century history! 13 Feb 2008
By J. Arena - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The story of Marie Antoinette's life is charmingly told through the unlikely perspective of her beloved pug dog.

The way this book is presented is absolutely glorious -- the lettering and illustrations are a joy that really bring the story to life. While very young readers may not have a clue about Marie Antoinette's position in history, older girls and, of course, their families will adore it.

Be prepared, if you buy it for a gift, you may end up buying a second copy for yourself. It's just that wonderful!
5.0 out of 5 stars Way too cute! 28 May 2009
By Jennifer Huang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a pug lover who fell in love with this book the moment I saw it, particularly because it's read in the voice of Marie Antoinette's pug. Its colorful illustrations also help make reading very enjoyable. I do not have children (yet) but definitely wanted to add this book to my collection of all things cute, and hope to one day be able to read to my own children. I would definitely recommend this book to people of all ages, particularly pug lovers and little girls. :)
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