OMG! I was ADDICTED to those books growing up. I think I've read them 100 times each. They're FABULOUS!
I only read the first Madeline book, but I LOVED it! Hmmm... I bet my library has many of them.
I never read the Madeleine books, but I did enjoy the movie. Have you seen it? (And if so, I'd be interested in a reader's take on it.)
You're right--I do know the first one by heart (well, almost). It is one of our Reach Out and Read books and my patients either think it is cool that I know the beginning or think I'm very strange and very smart because, unfortunately some of them don't have parents who read to them.
I'll keep you posted on the bat saga-no sign of it yet.
Maybe you could do a posting asking if anyone has any info?
I've never read Madeline but I would love to.