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Publisher Comments:

Since the publication of his classic Outside Over There in 1981, Maurice Sendaks book illustrations have focused on interpreting the texts of such authors as James Marshall, Tony Kushner, Wilhelm Grimm, Ruth Krauss, Herman Melville, and Mother Goose. And beginning in 1980, with his sets and costumes for The Magic Flute, Sendak launched a busy second career as the designer of stage productions of opera and ballet. Now comes Bumble-Ardy, the first book he has written as well as illustrated in thirty years.

Bumble-Ardy has evolved from an animated segment for Sesame Street to a glorious picture book about a mischievous pig who reaches the age of nine without ever having a birthday party. But all that changes when Bumble-Ardy throws a party for himself and invites all his friends, leading to a wild masquerade that quickly gets out of hand.

In this highly anticipated picture book, Sendak once again explores the exuberance of young children and the unshakable love between parent (in this case, an aunt) and child.

Review:

"Sendak plays to his multigenerational audience in his first solo escapade since 1981's Outside Over There (unless one counts Jack and Guy's nursery rhyme interpretation from 1993). Based on an early Sesame Street animated short created by Sendak and Jim Henson, this new Bumble-Ardy is a piglet. For eight years, the little hog's birthdays have been overlooked: 'But when Bumble was eight/ (Oh, pig-knuckled fate!)/ His immediate family gorged and gained weight./ And got ate.' On this eight/ate pun, with mischievous rhymes on nine to follow, Bumble is adopted by his Aunt Adeline. She leaves 'the house at one past nine' on his birthday, never suspecting that Bumble has invited a vaudevillian riot of hogs to celebrate: 'At nine past nine the piggy swine/ Broke down the door and guzzled brine/ And hogged sweet cakes and oinked loud grunts/ And pulled all kinds of dirty stunts.' The elaborately costumed party animals replace the original animation's nine more ordinary pigs, and include a society matron, a grim reaper, greedy infants, and motley fools. Together they resemble a Saul Steinberg subterranean fantasia and allude to Sendak's decades of pop culture memories. In a Where the Wild Things Are spirit, the ecstatic crew dives into a wordless three-spread rumpus. A dizzy sequence shows Adeline busting up the party and confronting Bumble. 'I won't ever turn ten!' he weeps, and she quickly forgives him. There's a looseness to Sendak's pencil lines throughout, particularly in transitional spreads that look as though torn from a sketchbook. Yet — in the outwardly breezy and subtly sinister mode of Higglety Pigglety Pop! — the hallucinatory imagery and impish rhymes are vintage Sendak. All ages. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Maurice Sendak received the Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. He has also received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the National Medal of Arts, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062051981
Author:
Sendak, Maurice
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
Maurice
Author:
Sendak
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Pigs
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20110906
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
8.5 x 11 x 36976 in 15.04 oz
Age Level:
from 1

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Product details 40 pages HarperCollins - English 9780062051981 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sendak plays to his multigenerational audience in his first solo escapade since 1981's Outside Over There (unless one counts Jack and Guy's nursery rhyme interpretation from 1993). Based on an early Sesame Street animated short created by Sendak and Jim Henson, this new Bumble-Ardy is a piglet. For eight years, the little hog's birthdays have been overlooked: 'But when Bumble was eight/ (Oh, pig-knuckled fate!)/ His immediate family gorged and gained weight./ And got ate.' On this eight/ate pun, with mischievous rhymes on nine to follow, Bumble is adopted by his Aunt Adeline. She leaves 'the house at one past nine' on his birthday, never suspecting that Bumble has invited a vaudevillian riot of hogs to celebrate: 'At nine past nine the piggy swine/ Broke down the door and guzzled brine/ And hogged sweet cakes and oinked loud grunts/ And pulled all kinds of dirty stunts.' The elaborately costumed party animals replace the original animation's nine more ordinary pigs, and include a society matron, a grim reaper, greedy infants, and motley fools. Together they resemble a Saul Steinberg subterranean fantasia and allude to Sendak's decades of pop culture memories. In a Where the Wild Things Are spirit, the ecstatic crew dives into a wordless three-spread rumpus. A dizzy sequence shows Adeline busting up the party and confronting Bumble. 'I won't ever turn ten!' he weeps, and she quickly forgives him. There's a looseness to Sendak's pencil lines throughout, particularly in transitional spreads that look as though torn from a sketchbook. Yet — in the outwardly breezy and subtly sinister mode of Higglety Pigglety Pop! — the hallucinatory imagery and impish rhymes are vintage Sendak. All ages. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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