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Inspired by a real saponified ("turned to soap") female mummy that resides in the Mutter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Renee French's all-new, feature-length picture book, The Soap Lady, is a wonderfully entrancing and eccentric tale about a boy, a monster, a ventriloquist dummy, a number of bloodthirsty townspeople, and those soap horns your mom use Inspired by a real saponified ("turned to soap") female mummy that resides in the Mutter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Renee French's all-new, feature-length picture book, The Soap Lady, is a wonderfully entrancing and eccentric tale about a boy, a monster, a ventriloquist dummy, a number of bloodthirsty townspeople, and those soap horns your mom used to give you in the bubble bath. A sweet and yet unsettling story about love, loss and friendship, illustrated in the gorgeously detailed and soft-textured signature style that is Renee French's trademark. Definitely Renee's most ambitious and magnificent work to date, packaged beautifully in a deluxe hardcover format. For adults and children alike.


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Inspired by a real saponified ("turned to soap") female mummy that resides in the Mutter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Renee French's all-new, feature-length picture book, The Soap Lady, is a wonderfully entrancing and eccentric tale about a boy, a monster, a ventriloquist dummy, a number of bloodthirsty townspeople, and those soap horns your mom use Inspired by a real saponified ("turned to soap") female mummy that resides in the Mutter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Renee French's all-new, feature-length picture book, The Soap Lady, is a wonderfully entrancing and eccentric tale about a boy, a monster, a ventriloquist dummy, a number of bloodthirsty townspeople, and those soap horns your mom used to give you in the bubble bath. A sweet and yet unsettling story about love, loss and friendship, illustrated in the gorgeously detailed and soft-textured signature style that is Renee French's trademark. Definitely Renee's most ambitious and magnificent work to date, packaged beautifully in a deluxe hardcover format. For adults and children alike.

30 review for The Soap Lady

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robert Beveridge

    Renee French, The Soap Lady (Top Shelf, 2001) Renee French creates small, unassuming, quietly devastating graphic novels that have gotten far less exposure than they deserve. The Soap Lady, a cautionary tale about the hazards of xenophobia, is no different. Drawing inspiration from an exhibit at the Mutter Museum, French tells the story of a lady made of soap (as you might be able to guess from the title) who emerges from the water and befriends a young boy. Unfortunately, the boy's fellow villag Renee French, The Soap Lady (Top Shelf, 2001) Renee French creates small, unassuming, quietly devastating graphic novels that have gotten far less exposure than they deserve. The Soap Lady, a cautionary tale about the hazards of xenophobia, is no different. Drawing inspiration from an exhibit at the Mutter Museum, French tells the story of a lady made of soap (as you might be able to guess from the title) who emerges from the water and befriends a young boy. Unfortunately, the boy's fellow villagers are not as fond of the soap lady as he is, with the expected results, but French doesn't let the narrative drown in despair at any point. Not that the narrative is the centerpiece of any Renee French release; her drawings command attention. It's possible to spend half an hour or more just staring at a French drawing, finding all the odd little details and appreciating the art for what it is. I am extremely fond of the work of Renee French, and The Soap Lady is just another example of why. ****

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shauta Marsh

    This is about a little boy named Rollo who can not stay clean and wants to oh, so bad so he can have a ventriloquist dummy. This lady made out of soap comes out of bay and cleans young rollo. Her and Rollo have some soapy adventures and then there is an angry mob. Wanna know how it ends? Read it yourself.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cara Pallone

    I don't know what to think about this book... if you're dirty the soap lady will clean you. The art in this book is fabulous. Don't forget to count the rabbits. I don't know what to think about this book... if you're dirty the soap lady will clean you. The art in this book is fabulous. Don't forget to count the rabbits.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Everyone should read the soap lady. This is a must read. Amazing illustrations. I don't like Oliver's dad. Everyone should read the soap lady. This is a must read. Amazing illustrations. I don't like Oliver's dad.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was a simple story with great illustrations, but after reading the note at the end of the book, I was disappointed. This is based on a real case of a dead woman pulled from a lake made of "soap", and I feel like the potential for an interesting, imaginative tale was there. Instead, the story seemed a simplistic moral one about the persecution of those who are "different". It's a valuable lesson for children, but I almost feel as if this story would have been better suited to an adult graphi This was a simple story with great illustrations, but after reading the note at the end of the book, I was disappointed. This is based on a real case of a dead woman pulled from a lake made of "soap", and I feel like the potential for an interesting, imaginative tale was there. Instead, the story seemed a simplistic moral one about the persecution of those who are "different". It's a valuable lesson for children, but I almost feel as if this story would have been better suited to an adult graphic novel where the author would have been free to explore the macabre aspects of this fascinating historical tidbit.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Clementine

    Totally strange but very fun. I used to cry when the Soap lady did because I love her SO MUCH!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Haunting and beautiful.

  8. 4 out of 5

    vostendrasamigosyotengolibros

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    Creepy and lovely at the same time. Great art work. Based on an actual exhibit at the Mutter Museum in Philly, another reviewer calls it a "soapified mummy" that was actually found and brought to the museum… it has the creep factor like Edward Gorey, Neil Gaiman, with creepy little kids with big eyes…. I don't LOVE it because it is so creepy, but at the same time I completely admire its creepiness, its uniqueness among children's books, the way it achieves a kind of tenderness in spite of its cr Creepy and lovely at the same time. Great art work. Based on an actual exhibit at the Mutter Museum in Philly, another reviewer calls it a "soapified mummy" that was actually found and brought to the museum… it has the creep factor like Edward Gorey, Neil Gaiman, with creepy little kids with big eyes…. I don't LOVE it because it is so creepy, but at the same time I completely admire its creepiness, its uniqueness among children's books, the way it achieves a kind of tenderness in spite of its creepiness…. the soap lady befriending a little muddy boy who, if he can stay clean for a week, gets to have a ventriloquist's dummy. You don't read two stories like this. You've never read this story before. It is completely original and edgy. There are many many ABC little furry bunny kid stories, but this is a niche book for kids who like other than merely cute. And adults who like that kinda stuff, too.

  10. 4 out of 5

    D.M.

    Back in the day, Renee French was doing little enough work I would willingly snap up anything I found her name on. I think I was a little disappointed when this came out. The art was a little too cutesy and the story just a bit too corny for my taste, and my expectations of French. However, now I've got a kid -- as you do -- and I'm reading this to her -- as you do -- and I'm glad I have it, because she likes it. Even more than she likes Edward Gorey's The Bug Book (but not more than Gaiman's The Back in the day, Renee French was doing little enough work I would willingly snap up anything I found her name on. I think I was a little disappointed when this came out. The art was a little too cutesy and the story just a bit too corny for my taste, and my expectations of French. However, now I've got a kid -- as you do -- and I'm reading this to her -- as you do -- and I'm glad I have it, because she likes it. Even more than she likes Edward Gorey's The Bug Book (but not more than Gaiman's The Wolves in the Walls)...and that's all right.

  11. 5 out of 5

    nicole

    THIS BOOK IS CRAZY FUCKED UP. It's a fictional story (thankfully) based around a real soapified mummy lady on display at the Mutter Museum in PA. She looks like a pregnant skeleton, emerges from the water, befriends and cleans a little boy much to the dismay of the other dirty, less open-minded townspeople and their pitchforks. THIS BOOK IS CRAZY FUCKED UP. It's a fictional story (thankfully) based around a real soapified mummy lady on display at the Mutter Museum in PA. She looks like a pregnant skeleton, emerges from the water, befriends and cleans a little boy much to the dismay of the other dirty, less open-minded townspeople and their pitchforks.

  12. 5 out of 5

    jenna Hudrlik

    this was a graphic novel but a really boring one, more like for caroline maybe. i found no point to it and thought it was poorly written.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    AAAAHHHHH creepiest kids book EVER! Saponification!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Granit Hysiqi

  15. 4 out of 5

    Asta Olafs

  16. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leiris

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Felton

  20. 5 out of 5

    Never

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hemza Zeghar

  24. 4 out of 5

    Thim Sagefjord

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carla Martínez

  26. 4 out of 5

    Omar

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carmin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katie Harris

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andrés Santiago

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