Bumble-Ardyby Maurice Sendak
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/b>/b>… See more details below
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.
A master reincarnates his oldSesame Streetcartoon with a dark pathos and fascinating manic energy.
As one of the original architects of gleeful mischief and serious woe in modern picture books, Sendak employs both here. "Did you know / That Bumble-Ardy missed / Eight birthdays in a row?" opens the narration, the weeping porcine protagonist placing trotter to forehead. His original family "frowned on fun" and then (being pigs) "got ate," landing Bumble with adoptive "Adeline, that aunt divine." Luckily, "Bumble-Ardy had a party when he was nine." A pleasant, mild illustration shows Adeline in their slatted, open-air house presenting cake and gift, Bumble murmuring "Yippee!" But emotional complexity lurks: Bumble's eyes are red-rimmed, and nearby animals look gloomy and skeptical. Adeline gone to work, Bumble (permission-less) invites "grubby swine // To come for birthday cake and brine." Costumes evoke Bread & Puppet and Cinco de Mayo at this rambunctious masquerade ball; partiers revel with sinister gusto. During the multi-spread rumpus, rhyme sneaks onto signs: "Cheers! / Cheers! / Cheers! / May Bumble live 900 years!" When furious Adeline ejects the guests, her face morphs into a horror mask, but then she "Took in her Bumble valentine / And kissed him nine times over nine. // Now, ain't that fine?" Children and parents both will require many trips through to even begin to accommodate the emotional shifts here.
Edgier thanSesame's original, this contains all the layered meaning that makes Sendak's books readable over and over.(Picture book. 4 & up)
- HarperCollins Publishers
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- Product dimensions:
- 11.26(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
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Growing up I have found memories of reading Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I even got to hear him speak during college and remember a cantankerous individual with a huge line that I regret not waiting in to get my book sign and tell him how much I enjoyed his work. Now comes Bumble-Ardy, a lovable pig who lives with his aunt. He turns nine and no party to be had, so he has his own. It's cute to the point and the illustrations are lustrous and detailed to this piggy world. Bumble-Ardy is a joy to read over and over with that special someone to spawn a new generation into the magic writing of Maurice Sendak.
I wish it had stayed true to the Sesame St. song. I found the original much more delightful. But I am happy that at least the spirit of the orirignal has finally reached print.