Marie Antoinette was one of the most celebrated queens in history…but she was once a little girl, too. As told by her vain but devoted dog, Sebastian, here is the story of the young princess's lifefrom her childhood in Austria, to the elaborate preparations leading to her marriage to Louis XVI; from her unhappy rise to power in turbulent times, to the birth of her own children. Lynn Cullen's spirited text sheds light on a side of Marie Antoinette few have seenthat of a vulnerable young girl thrust into a role much bigger than she could have imagined. Stunning illustrations by Amy Young capture the grandeur of life in 18th century Versailles and the touching intimacy of a child's lasting love for her pet.
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||10.00(w) x 11.03(h) x 0.41(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Lynn Cullen is the author of several picture books and novels. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit Lynn at www.lynncullen.com.
Amy Young trained as a fine artist at Yale and received an MFA in painting from Indiana University. She then went on to earn a law degree from Harvard and worked as a lawyer for several years. She now devotes herself full time to writing and illustrating, and is the creator of the popular Belinda picture books. Visit Amy at www.amylyoung.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the story of Marie Antoinette told from the perspective of her pet pug. It shows how trapped Marie Antoinette was, and how little choice she had in who she became.
This is a very good book and true. I like how the dog is saying everything not Marie Antoinette, and it's sort of taking me on a new adventure with Marie Antoinette.
For most, the phrase 'It's a dog's life' means a cushy existence. That's certainly what it was for Sebastien, favored pet of the young Antoinette. Sebastien or 'Moi' as he often refers to himself believes he is perfection and quite deserving of being pampered and played with by his young mistress. They share many things, including hating the 'taste of anything that had once swum,' a dislike of being groomed and fear of thunder and the dark. Therefore they are fine companions. All of that came to an end when Antoinette was betrothed to the grandson of the king of France and off Sebastien and mistress went to live at Versailles where she would marry Louis XVI and have children. Life was so busy for her in the royal court that she had little time for Sebastien and he retreated to the park, feeling 'as forgotten as yesterday's bone.' Six years passed and poor Sebastien's chin turned gray. But then one day he met a child in the park. Young readers will be surprised at who that is and what 'Moi' and the child come to mean to each other. While author Cullen obviously takes a few lighthearted liberties with the life of the French queen, Moi & Marie Antoinette is an interesting look at life in the royal court as well as an entertaining story of a girl and her dog. Amy Young's watercolor illustrations are charming , true to the dress of the day and the glitter of Versailles. - Gail Cooke