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Madame Pamplemousse and the Time-travelling Cafe Paperback – 1 Aug 2010
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About the Author
Rupert Kingfisher's first book, Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles, was highly acclaimed. His favourite authors as a child were Roald Dahl, Susan Cooper and Ursula le Guin. He also loved American horror comics and French cartoon books such as Asterix and Tintin. It was on a family holiday to Paris that Rupert discovered Tintin - and ate anchovies for the first time. He says that both experiences were equally life changing. Rupert studied Philosophy at Bristol University and Play Writing at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Rupert has had plays performed in Dublin, Edinburgh, London and on BBC Radio 4. He grew up in Oxfordshire and now lives in Brentford, Middlesex.
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The Time Travelling Café is the second adventure for Madeleine and her friends. There is something of an old fashioned fairytale to this book with plenty of magical beasts from the Sphinx to the Loch Ness monster but it has a modern twist with the invention of time travelling coffee machine. The attention to detail is what lifts the story and keeps the reader interested but it also gives the book some humorous moments as well as its most imaginative ones. Every reader would surely want to taste some of Madame Pamplemousse's edibles once they had heard of Triceratops Tail with Garlic, Peppered Dragon spit or Kraken Tentacle with Rose-Petal Jam! The book is full of wonderful elements such a these and coupled with some of the strange creatures, amongst which is the amazing cat Camembert, this will be a great favourite with many children. How could it not be when the main character gets drooled on by a dinosaur before being whisked swinging through the trees by a cat with an eye patch?
The illustrations are few but charming and best of all the beautiful paper cover that comes with the hardback version the book beautiful visually and encourage it to be a favourite. Madame Pamplemousse's adventures could easily one day become a classic in every young child's collection.
I have one question for the publishers. Why no movie? This is great movie material being both simple in storyline and rich in character and inventive in context.
I was looking for a transitional book to promote self reading for my 7yr old daughter with incredible edible. We still read to each other as well. It was so good we got this book - time tavelling cafe and are waiting to read enchanted sweet shop.
Time travelling cafe is full of surprises and a bit nail biting in places. As in our other reviews our one chapter a night sometimes turned into two because we couldn't wait to find out what was coming next.
This book was great for bed time reading either me to her or visa versa. What was really great was that if she has started to pick the book up and read it to herself! Thank you Rupert Kingfisher.