Madeline meets Pepito and is not amused

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April 12, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

Pepito is bad news. No, worse: He's a bad hat, says Madeline, Miss Clavel's little French student.

In "Madeline and the Bad Hat" by Ludwig Bemelmans, Pepito and his Spanish ambassador father have just moved into the house next door to Madeline's school, and immediately Madeline deems Pepito to be trouble. He carries a slingshot, boasts and is cruel to animals. He even makes a guillotine for the cook's chickens from a set of tools Miss Clavel gave him to keep him occupied.

Madeline is not at all amused and spends her time being suspicious of the rambunctious new neighbor. He's rambunctious, that is, until a run-in with an angry cat sets him straight.

On Wednesday, Borders Books & Music in Bowie is holding a party inspired by the book. Bring your favorite hat and come in the mood to play games (including musical hats), dance a Mexican hat dance and listen to readings from the book by librarians. Registration required. 7 p.m., 4420 Mitchellville Road, 301-352-5560.

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