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

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

by Maurice Sendak

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ISBN-13: 9780064430210
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/1979
Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 528,816
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Maurice Sendak’s children’s books have sold over 30 million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are and is the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and Nutshell Library. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, in 1983 he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, and in 1996 he received a National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, Sendak received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an annual international prize for children’s literature established by the Swedish government.


Maurice Sendak’s children’s books have sold over 30 million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are and is the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and Nutshell Library. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, in 1983 he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, and in 1996 he received a National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, Sendak received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an annual international prize for children’s literature established by the Swedish government.

Hometown:

Ridgefield, Connecticut

Date of Birth:

June 10, 1928

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Education:

Art Students' League

Read an Excerpt

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.

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Higglety Pigglety Pop!: Or There Must Be More to Life 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 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.
VioletBramble on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Last September I saw the Sendak on Sendak exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. I was drawn to some black and white illustrations of a dog with a suitcase. Sendak wrote this book after the death of his sealyham terrier Jennie. In the book Jennie decides to pack up her belongings and leave home. Jennie had everything she wanted but thought there must be more to life than having everything. Jennie makes the acquaintance of various other characters, eats ALOT, gathers experience to become a baby nanny and eventually travels to The Castle Yonder. Jennie sends a letter home from the Castle Yonder to say "look for me when you get here". If you've ever lost a dog that you loved this book will touch your heart. I gave this book five stars because of the beautiful black and white illustrations. They are unlike Sendaks other drawings.
deadlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of Sendak's books. The story is both sad and humorous. Sendak's illustrations are precise and charming. Higglety Pigglety Pop! can be read as a metaphor for death or leaving home (or simply an odd, lovely, and surreal tale to be enjoyed); regardless, it's a wonderful children's classic for readers of all ages.
carsonandreas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Childhood favourite.Remember finding it profoundly sad, disturbing, beautiful and compelling.A seminal book for me.
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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