The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield

By John Bemelmans Marciano; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
(Viking Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780670014064, 135pp.)

Publication Date: October 3, 2013

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Description
Alexander Baddenfield is a horrible boy a really horrible boy who is the last in a long line of lying, thieving scoundrels. One day, Alexander has an astonishing idea. Why not transplant the nine lives from his cat into himself? Suddenly, Alexander has lives to spare, and goes about using them up, attempting the most outrageous feats he can imagine. Only when his lives start running out, and he is left with only one just like everyone else, does he realize how reckless he has been.
With its wickedly funny story and equally clever illustrations, this is dark humor at its most delicious.



About the Author
John Bemelmans Marciano is the grandson of "Madeline" creator Ludwig Bemelmans. A self-taught illustrator, his previous books for Viking include "Delilah" and "Madeline Says Merci,"

Sophie Blackall is a Brooklyn based Australian artist. She has illustrated over twenty books for children, including Ruby's Wish (Chronicle Books, 2003) which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award, Meet Wild Boars (Henry Holt, 2005) which won a BCCB Blue Ribbon Picture Book Award and the Founders Award from the Society of Illustrators, Big Red Lollipop (Viking, 2010) which was a New York Times Top Ten Picture Book for 2010, and the ongoing Ivy and Bean series (Chronicle Books), which has over a million copies in print.
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