Madame Pamplemousse and the Time Travelling Cafe by Rupert Kingfisher

Madame Pamplemousse and the Time Travelling Cafe

Written by Rupert Kingfisher

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Lightly written and whimsical, this is a delightful fantasy set in the amazing Café of Lost Time in Paris which has its own time-travelling machine disguised as an espresso coffee maker. When Madeline’s friend Madame Pamplemousse mysteriously disappears she is guided to the café and soon Madeline, Madam Pamplemousse and her cat Camembert are off on a trip into the past to capture the drool of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a tear from a Sphinx which, they hope, will save Paris. This is the second novel featuring the delightful Madame P.


Madame Pamplemousse and the Time Travelling Cafe by Rupert Kingfisher

In Paris there is a cafe, elegantly furnished with polished wooden tables and an awning of striped gold and green, whose walls are filled with drinks such as Green Fairy Liqueur, Mermaid Madeira and Red Devil Lemonade. And sitting on the bar is a large, silver, steam-powered espresso coffee machine.The cafe is owned by Monsieur Moutarde, and Monsieur Moutarde has made the most extraordinary discovery. With the help of his friend, Madame Pamplemousse, he has created a time travel machine (for that is what the expresso coffee machine is).

For who knows what would happen if it fell into the wrong hands? Before long Monsieur Moutarde, Madame Pamplemousse, her cat, Camembert, and her friend, Madeleine, are on the run through time and space to capture a T. rex's freshly caught drool and rare sphinx's tears, the vital ingredients for a tonic that will both save them and revive the ailing spirit of Paris. A magical romp that will charm and delight.


Praise for Madame Pamplemousse and her Incredible Edibles:

‘Think Amelie scripted by Heston Blumenthal’ - The Financial Times

‘Enchanting debut … witty, warm-hearted and as delectable as one of the dishes it describes, this is as much a hymn to the culinary arts as to the magic of kindness, and is recommended for 6–9s’ - Amanda Craig, The Times

‘A sophisticated book for sophisticated readers. Warmly recommended for librarians who need children as an excuse to buy the book’ - School Librarian

About the Author

Rupert Kingfisher

Rupert Kingfisher’s first book, Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles, was highly acclaimed. His favourite authors as a child were Roald Dahl, Susan Cooper and Ursula le Guin. He also loved American horror comics and French cartoon books such as Asterix and Tintin. It was on a family holiday to Paris that he visited a bookshop dedicated to books such as Tintin – and also ate anchovies for the first time, on a pizza from a street vendor. He says that both experiences were equally life-changing.

Rupert studied Philosophy at Bristol University and Play Writing at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Rupert has had plays performed in Dublin, Edinburgh, London and on BBC Radio 4. He grew up in Oxfordshire and now lives in Brentford, Middlesex.

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160 pages


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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Publication date

7th September 2009




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