Higglety Pigglety Pop!: Or There Must Be More to Life

Higglety Pigglety Pop!: Or There Must Be More to Life

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by Maurice Sendak
     
 

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A daring imagination has woven a simple rhyme into a brilliantly original tale [about Jennie, the Sealyham terrier, who seeks Experience and becomes the star of the World Mother Goose Theatre].

Notable Children's Books of 1967 (ALA)
1968 Fanfare Honor List (H)
Best Books of 1967 (SLJ)
Children's Books of 1967 (Library of Congress)

Overview

A daring imagination has woven a simple rhyme into a brilliantly original tale [about Jennie, the Sealyham terrier, who seeks Experience and becomes the star of the World Mother Goose Theatre].

Notable Children's Books of 1967 (ALA)
1968 Fanfare Honor List (H)
Best Books of 1967 (SLJ)
Children's Books of 1967 (Library of Congress)

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
One of Sendak's pets served as the model for the determined Jennie in this story. Jennie sacrifices a pleasant but rather humdrum life to find out what else is in the world-and ends up as the star of a theatrical production of the Higglety Pigglety Pop nursery rhyme. Jennie's story presents a child-oriented vision of the important themes of quality of life and risk-taking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064430210
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/1979
Series:
Trophy Picture Bks.
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
506,628
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Chapter One

Once Jennie had everything. She slept on a round pillow upstairs and a square pillow downstairs. She had her own comb and brush, two different bottles of pills, eyedrops, eardrops, a thermometer, and for cold weather a red wool sweater. There were two windows for her to look out of and two bowls to eat from. She even had a master who loved her.

But Jennie didn't care. In the middle of the night she packed everything in a black leather bag with gold buckles and looked out of her favorite window for the last time.

"You have everything," said the potted plant that happened to be looking out the same window.

Jennie nibbled a leaf.

"You have two windows," said the plant. "I have only one."

Jennie sighed and bit off another leaf. The plant continued.

"Two pillows, two bowls, a red wool sweater, eyedrops, eardrops, two different bottles of pills, a thermometer, and he even loves you."

"That is true, " said Jennie, chewing more leaves.

"You have everything," repeated the plant.

Jennie only nodded, her mouth full of leaves.

"Then why are you leaving?" "Because, " said Jennie, snapping off the stem and blossom, "I am discontented.

I want something I do not have. There must be more to life than having everything!" The plant had nothing to say. It had nothing left to say it with.

Meet the Author

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
June 10, 1928
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Education:
Art Students' League

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Higglety Pigglety Pop!: Or There Must Be More to Life 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best ever by the creative and imaginitve children's writer and illustrator, Maurice Sendak. I bought it to read to my niece years ago and ended up buying a copy for myself. Read it to your child. They will love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This quirky book was one of the highlights of my very happy childhood. Jenny's certainity that 'there must be more to life than having everything' is an idea I'm glad I was exposed to at an early age. Plus, the language and characters are so much fun!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first became familiar with this book about 30 years ago. It's a wonderful book with beautiful drawings by Maurice Sendak, with a story line that has a lot of wisdom to it, even for adults who read along. It's one of those lovely amalgams that is terrific for kids and parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written story accompanied with great art, this book brings back fond memories of my own beloved dog. Recommended for anyone who's lost someone special in their lives.
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