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The most, and best, (pop-up) haunted house in decades.

Kirkus Starred Review

The House of Madame M

A large-format lift-the-flaps visit to the haunted house of Madame M—enjoy the thrill of uncovering what lurks in the wardrobe, behind the door, tucked under the furniture…

Written by Clotilde Perrin

Translated by Daniel Hahn

  • Description

    Are you lost? Come in! You’re in luck—there’s no one here just now. Shhh… Be as quiet as you can, and very, very careful! In The House of Madame M, we explore a strange house: hallway, living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. Each room is full of surprises to make even the bravest shiver. Are we in the house of an ogre? A witch? Something else altogether?
    This visit to Madame M’s brings the thrill of finding what lurks in the wardrobe, behind the door, tucked under the furniture. Full of humour and detail, it will mesmerise readers of all ages.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin France
    Reader Age 5-7 year, 6-8 year, 8-12 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Dad Suggests

      A real spooky treasure—Clotilde Perrin has crafted several beautiful and creepy books at this point, and it’s well worth tracking down every single one of them.

    2. Tri States Public Radio

      We love this book for the beauty of the illustrations, but also the cleverness of the pop-up elements.

    3. Readings

      A creepy, kooky, spooky, large-format pop-up book by an exceptional French illustrator, curious youngsters will love discovering all the minuscule and macabre details in The House of Madame M.

    4. Publisher’s Weekly

      It may be too early for ghost stories, but not for this hands-on peekaboo inside a strange, spooky house from the maker behind 2018’s irresistible Inside the Villains. Heck, with large-format, life-the-flaps fun behind every door, designed for hours of engagement, you might say it’s urgent.

    5. Kirkus Starred Review

      Fond of house tours? Considering what lurks behind every door, drawer, and flap, here’s the Airbnb from, literally, hell.”Oh, and one piece of advice,” purrs the partly human guide waiting at the door, “don’t touch a thing.” Viewers valiant (or unwise) enough to ignore that warning are in for a rare screamfest, as every subsequent, dimly lit room is scattered with flaps and pull-tabs that invariably reveal arrays of leering ghosts, hideous monsters, skeletons, imps, or shelves filled with bottles of poison or other portents of doom. Not to mention the raging fire glaring from the pop-up fireplace, the load of disgusting glop sucked into a monstrous mouth, the glutinous thing rising from the bathtub…and so much more. Perrin adds bits of all-too-suggestive patter (“Our cook has been sharpening her knives. You know, some people would kill for a morsel of her tasty creations!”) and lovingly embellishes walls and floors with eerie detail. Unfolding a huge pair of hairy arms reveals a climactic view of assembled boojums beneath an “Abandon hope all who enter here” banner—just the thing to send the never-seen visitor scurrying (“Wait! Where are you going?”)…and probably coming back around to the front for a repeat visit. Not since Jan Pienkowski’s Haunted House (1979) has a pop-up treatment of the theme been so satisfying.The most, and best, (pop-up) haunted house in decades. (Pop-up picture book. 6-9)

    6. Book Trailers for Kids and YA

      Paper engineering is an art form and Perrin does it perfectly.

    7. The Source

      The House of Madame M is a perfect memento mori for the young – and the young-at-heart.

    8. Outside In World

      The House of Madame M is another exceptional and exquisitely produced pop-up book…full of off-beat humour, meticulous detail and spine-chilling surprises.

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