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Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#7) Madeline

Auto Completed

Okay, Google – you think you’re pretty smart? How about you try completing the text from famous children’s books. I’ll type the beginning of each line into a Google search (plain text below), and you try to finish the line (bold text below).

(All credit to @botnikstudions for the inspiration)

Previously . . .

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#1) Goodnight Moon

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#2) The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#3) Moo, Baa, La La La!

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#4) I Want My Hat Back

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#5) They All Saw a Cat

Auto-Completed Children’s Books (#6) The Carrot Seed

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

(and Google autocomplete)



In an old mustang where we sang

lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.

In two straight lines

they see me rollin

and brushed their teeth

and went to Miami.

They smiled at each other

and frowned at the bad

and sometimes they win.

The left the house in a fright mess

in real life

or nah–

the smallest one was Madeline.

She was not having it–

she loved with a love that was more than love.

To the tired mom 


just said something I didn’t hear what it was,

and nobody knew so well

how to make slime.

In the middle of one night

Miss Clavel turned on her light

and said, “Hey what going on?”

Little Madeline sat in bed, cried and cried; her eyes were red.

And soon after Dr. Cohn came, he rushed out to the phone

and he dialed: DANton-ten-six–

“Nurse,” he said, “It’s an avocado, thanks.”

Everybody had to cry–

not a single engineer made it off the titanic.

Madeline was in his arm

in a blanket safe and warm.

In a car underwater with time to kill

they drove out into the night.

Madeline woke up in two hours later,

in a room with a moose.

Madeline soon ate and drank.

On her bed there was an ant,

and a crack on the ceiling had the habit of sometimes

looking like a right swipe on tinder.

Outside were birds, trees, and sky–

and so the adventure begins.

One nice morning Miss Clavel said–

“Isn’t this a fine–

day to visit



read a sign outside her door.

Tiptoeing with solemn face,

with some fava beans and a nice chianti,

in they walked and then said, “Ahhh,”

when they saw the toys and candy

and the dollhouse from Papa.

But the biggest surprise by far–

on her stomach

was a skyscraper created in the midwest!

“Good-by,” they said, “we’ll come again,”

and the little girls left in the rain.

They went home and broke their bread

brushed their teeth

and went to Miami.

In the middle of the night

Miss Clavel turned on the light

and said, “What about breakfast at Tiffany’s!”


afraid of monsters

Miss Clavel ran fast

and faster,

and she said, “Please children do–

tell me what is the secret to love I don’t get it.”

and all the little girls cried, “Boohoo,

we want to hear your feedback!”

“Good night, little girls!

Thank the lord you are well!

And now go to sleep!”

said Miss Clavel.

and so she turned up the music to drown out her life lyrics–

and closed the door–

and that’s all there is–

there isn’t anyone to help you.


The End

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Literally laughed out loud while reading this. Your best one yet! And thanks for turning me onto Botnik with your first.