Since the publication of his classic Outside Over There in 1981, Maurice Sendak’s 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.
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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."May 16 2011 | Read Full Review of BUMBLE-ARDY
View full size Special to The Oregonian The House That Baba Built, by Ed Young During World War II, the house became a haven that sheltered other family members, friends and even strangers: the Luedeckes, a German refugee family.Mar 24 2012 | Read Full Review of BUMBLE-ARDY
How young readers will react to a hero who — unlike Max — fails to extricate himself from his emotions and winds up cowed and crying (although subsequently forgiven) remains to be seen.Sep 14 2011 | Read Full Review of BUMBLE-ARDY
Instead of being a happy little boy living with his mother, this Bumble-ardy is a hopeless little pig who has never celebrated his birthday and is adopted by a loving aunt, also a pig.Sep 01 2011 | Read Full Review of BUMBLE-ARDY
Here, the figure of Bumble’s aunt figures much more importantly than Max’s mom does in Wild Things, and the events before and after the party are better highlighted, giving a greater emphasis on its consequences.Sep 26 2011 | Read Full Review of BUMBLE-ARDY
and some of the party guests look almost like pigs from other children’s books.Sep 06 2011 | Read Full Review of BUMBLE-ARDY
The Caldecott-winning author of Where The Wild Things Are is set to publish a new picture book from HarperCollins.Mar 31 2011 | Read Full Review of BUMBLE-ARDY
Some costumes are subtle references to Sendak’s earlier work—wild things, night-kitchen chefs, Really Rosie, and even, as if Sendak is taunting his critics, the all-around alligator “imitating Indians.” Some costumes pay homage to the work of others, including Dr. Seuss, William Steig, and Garth ...Sep 06 2011 | Read Full Review of BUMBLE-ARDY
The prospect of drawing pigs was something I could look forward to, and I needed something to look forward to.Dec 27 2011 | Read Full Review of BUMBLE-ARDY
It’s a very painful little picture because it’s him, you know, it’s him.Dec 27 2011 | Read Full Review of BUMBLE-ARDY
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