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John Bemelmans Marciano

Biography

John Bemelmans Marciano

John Marciano grew up on a horse farm in Three Bridges, New Jersey. He is the youngest of three grandsons of the legendary Ludwig Bemelmans, creator of the Madeline books. John graduated from Columbia University, and has followed in his grandfather's footsteps as a writer and artist.

He is the author of four Madeline books: MADELINE SAYS MERCI; MADELINE LOVES ANIMALS; MADELINE AND THE CATS OF ROME; and MADELINE AT THE WHITE HOUSE. He is also the author of three books for adults: BEMELMANS: The Life and Art of Madeline's Creator; ANONYPONYMOUS: The Forgotten People Behind Everyday Words; and TOPONYMITY: An Atlas of Words.

John and his wife, Andromache, a set designer, live in Brooklyn with their daughter, Galatea.

John Bemelmans Marciano

Books by John Bemelmans Marciano

by John Bemelmans Marciano - Children's, Children's 9-12, Fiction
No kids get coal in their stocking these days. Do you know why? It's thanks to The No-Good Nine!
Pittsburgh, 1931. When Peter awakens on Christmas morning to find his stocking full of coal, he is outraged. After he finds the Naughty List, which contains the names of some other children who received no gifts, he decides they should band together and journey to Santa's workshop to plead their case, as well as play with the toys intended for the Nice children. The ragtag band of misfits sets out on a series of wild misadventures as they travel by train, truck, dog sled, and boat, encountering thieves and bootleggers, in order to reach the renowned Toy Factory only to accidentally burn it down. More slapstick capers follow before the No-Good Nine extricate themselves and set out to find their next great adventure.
Written by John Bemelmans Marciano with illustrations by Sophie Blackall - Children's, Children's 7-10, Fantasy, Fiction

The Benevento children are excitedly preparing for the annual Boar Hunt, where the prize of the Golden Tusk is given to the 10-year old who catches the boar. No girl has ever competed, but Rosa is determined to take part --- and win! She refuses to stay home and help take care of the new baby and cook and clean. She will just have to run away.

Written by John Bemelmans Marciano with illustrations by Sophie Blackall - Adventure, Children's 7-10, Fantasy, Fiction

Welcome to Benevento, an ancient town famous for its witches! The children of Benevento have to be careful and clever to evade the clutches of such witches as the Manalonga, the Janara, and the Clopper, who hide in wells and under bridges, fly at midnight, and play tricks during Mischief Season. Five cousins --- Primo, Emilio, Rosa, Maria Beppina, and Sergio --- share adventures and narrow escapes, and discover astonishing secrets as they outwit the witches in each exciting story.

Written by John Bemelmans Marciano with illustrations by Sophie Blackall - Adventure, Children's, Children's 7-10, Fiction, Youth Fiction

The children of Benevento have to be careful and clever to evade the clutches of such witches as the Manalonga, the Janara, and the Clopper, who hide in wells and under bridges, fly at midnight and play tricks during Mischief Season. Five cousins --- Primo, Emilio, Rosa, Maria Beppina, and Sergio --- share adventures and narrow escapes and discover astonishing secrets as they outwit the witches in each exciting story. Maria Beppina, the timid tag-along cousin, is always afraid that the Clopper, the old witch who chases the children, will catch her.

by John Bemelmans Marciano and Sophie Blackall - Adventure, Children's, Children's 7-10

Wanting to stop the springtime mischiefs—and overcome his own fear of Manalonga --- Primo seeks an advantage. He finds one when he discovers a mysterious ring in the belly of a fish. Is the ring just a pretty trinket or is it magic?

written by John Bemelmans Marciano with illustrations by Sophie Blackall - Adventure, Children's 7-10, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Welcome to Benevento, an ancient town famous for its witches! The children of Benevento have to be careful and clever to evade the clutches of such witches as the Manalonga, the Janara, and the Clopper, who hide in wells and under bridges, fly at midnight, and play tricks during Mischief Season.
Five cousins --- Primo, Emilio, Rosa, Maria Beppina, and Sergio --- share adventures and narrow escapes, and discover astonishing secrets as they outwit the witches in each exciting story.

by John Bemelmans Marciano - Children's, Children's 3-6, Fiction

Madeline and her favorite companion in mischief, Pepito, embark on their wildest adventure yet. When ghostly moans lead them to the attic of the old house in Paris, they discover Felix de La Morte, who has lingered there for hundreds of years, waiting for the return of a certain comet. With the comet due to return the very next day, the poor fellow’s telescope has been stolen by mean Lord Cucuface, and it is up to Madeline and Pepito to get it back.

by John Bemelmans Marciano - Children's, Fantasy, Fiction, Juvenile Fiction

Alexander Baddenfield is a horrible boy who is the last in a long line of scoundrels. One day, he transplants the nine lives from his cat into himself. Alexander has lives to spare, and uses them by attempting outrageous feats. Only when he is left with one like everyone else does he realize how reckless he has been.

by John Bemelmans Marciano - Children's, Children's 3-6, Fiction

Readers will see Washington, D.C., as never before when Madeline takes a midnight sightseeing tour on a magic carpet of cherry blossoms. Invited to the White House by Candle, the president’s lonely only daughter, for the annual Easter Egg hunt and roll, Madeline and the other little girls have a rollicking good time, and introduce Candle to the joys of occasionally breaking the rules.

by John Bemelmans Marciano - Children's, Fiction

The Paris skies are gray, so Miss Clavel and the 12 little girls are leaving for brighter weather --- spring in Rome. Rome has wonderful sights to see and delicious things to eat, but Madeline also finds an unexpected adventure, involving a thief, a chase and many, many cats.

by John Bemelmans Marciano - Children's, Fiction

This charming, rhyming board book is just right for Madeline’s youngest fans. Each spread features Madeline with a different animal friend: brushing her teeth with an adorable mouse (with whom she shares her house), scattering breadcrumbs everywhere for the birds in the square, stopping to greet the cats on the street and more.

by John Bemelmans Marciano - Children's, Children's 3-6, Fiction

Madeline loves adventure and is not afraid of mice. She loves winter, snow, and ice. And she also knows the secret of being polite is simply to be kind to others. With help from her friends --- Miss Clavel, the girls and even Pepito --- Madeline introduces basic ideas such as please and thank you, sharing, cleaning up and so much more. With its charming illustrations and humorous verse, this new book is a must-have for Madeline fans of all ages.

by Ludwig Bemelmans and John Bemelmans Marciano - Children's, Children's 3-6, Fiction

In this beautiful gift book, John Bemelmans Marciano has brought to fruition a neverbefore-published manuscript written by his grandfather Ludwig --- the tale of Madeline's only trip to America and her holiday adventures. Includes two more of Bemelmans's wonderful Christmas stories.