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Madame Eiffel

The Love Story of the Eiffel Tower
A heartwarming fictional story of why Gustave Eiffel built the Eiffel Tower accompanied by evocative illustrations.
Alice Brière-Haquet and Csil
Release Date: 
November 2015
Translation: Noelia Hobeika
Award: Winner of New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award
20 × 30 cm
Pantone colors, hardcover, 32 pages
Product details: 
Recommended for ages 3 and up
Shop Price: $14.95
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About This Book

Everyone knows the Eiffel Tower, yet no one knows the love story that led to its construction. Author Alice Brière-Haquet and illustrator Csil have pooled their creative talents to tell this touching story about overcoming hardship with clever invention fueled by love.

New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award for Madame Eiffel

Madame Eiffel has been named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book for 2015. We are thrilled that this Little Gestalten release was one of only ten winners chosen from among thousands of entries to receive this prestigious honor. The New York Times Book Review has convened an independent panel of judges every year since 1952 to make its selections. This annual award is based purely on artistic merit and is the only one of its kind.

The judges on Madame Eiffel: “(An) imaginative telling of the story behind the Eiffel Tower…romantic and utterly charming.”

Read More About This Book

Mr. and Mrs. Eiffel are a happy couple enjoying living in the most romantic city in the world, Paris. Until one day, Mrs. Eiffel begins to feel desperately unwell. The experts are unanimous: the only thing that can save her is fresh air. Her husband, a bright engineer, decides he will take matters into his own hands and build a tower that will reach the clouds in an attempt to restore her health.

Csil’s poetically minimal illustrations in black, white, and pink are incredibly evocative, and Alice Brière-Haquet’s words are a delight to read aloud. 

Alice Brière-Haquet is an avid reader who was born in a small town in Normandy and has three children. After her stu­dies she began writing and has now published books that have been translated into 16 languages. 

Csil is a French illustrator. After studying visual communication and ­obtaining a Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique (DNSEP), a post-­graduate degree in the visual arts, she now works as an art director at a communications agency and creates images for ­various children’s publications.



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