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Madame Martine Breaks the Rules

by Sarah S. Brannen

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Madame Martine Breaks the Rules

by Sarah S. Brannen

Reviewed November 14, 2015.
Albert Whitman & Company, Chicago, 2015. 32 pages.
Starred Review

Madame Martine Breaks the Rules features the same lady who lives in Paris with her dog, Max, whom we met in Madame Martine. As at the end of Madame Martine, she wears a bright red coat and every Saturday tries new things.

Her friend, Louis, often meets her at the café where she always has breakfast. He is a guard at the Louvre Museum and invites her to visit.

"Oh no," said Madame Martine. "It's so crowded, and they don't allow dogs."

"For you and Max, we might break the rules," said Louis.

Madame Martine was shocked. "We would never ask you to do that!" she said.

But no one told Max. Later, when Madame Martine is talking with Louis near the Louvre, Max dashes in through the employee entrance. They end up getting a tour after all. It turns out that rules can be bent for friends of Louis.

This book isn't as inspirational as Madame Martine, since the message of trying something new is much more uplifting than a message that rules can be bent. However, like Madame Martine, lovers of Paris will love this book. The art takes us on our own small tour of the Louvre.

This is a quiet book about our friend Madame Martine, and her little dog Max who again knows how to find wonderful things in the beautiful city of Paris.