Yes, this new release is by Maurice Sendak! Bumble-Ardy is, in fact, the first book illustrated and written by him since 1981's Outside Over There. Its piglet main character and his story had distinguished beginnings: Bumble-Ardy originally appeared in a Sesame Street animated short created by Sendak and his friend Jim Henson. Its robust pictures and rowdy rhymes are vinta...more
That being said, Bumble-Ardy is about a pig who throws an over-the-top birthday party to make-up for missed birthdays in the past. This party doesn't end well but Bumble-Ardy learns a lesson in unconditional love. A fun story, filled with rhythmic text and Sendak's round, warm illustrations that most have come to love.
I'm pleased that some reviewers are calling this what it is - because it's trash. I expected, because of who the author is, that there would be all four and five star ratings but this isn't the case. Perhaps some readers did enjoy this but my guess is that most rated it on the authors name or his past books.
This is a horrible nightmare. I've never been a huge Sendak fan. I read Where the Wild Things Are of course and my daughter owns it now. But it was never *that...more
Bumble-Ardy tells the story of a pig who throws a birthday party for himself against his aunt’s wishes. A large group of pigs, in costume, show up to the party and drink brine. Simple enough.
Even for Sendak, who's made a career out of creating hallucinatory worlds, t...more
I knew there was some hubbub regarding its release, but I purposely didn't read any of the reviews before checking Bumble-Ardy out from my local library. And yeah, it's kinda not for kids.
But neither was Where the Wil...more
As he has aged, Sendak has grown gloomier and gloomier. The man who wrote Where the Wild Things Are,the book my older daughter adored, In the Night Kitchen, which her younger sister loved with equal fervor and The Nutshell Library, stories which I have...more
The rhyming narrative is entertaining, but I had to go back several times to make sure that I didn't skip a page because it di...more
Bumble-ardy is an orphaned pig who has reached the age of 9 without ever having a birthday party. He tells his Aunt Adeline that he would like to have a party for his ninth birthday, so Aunt Adeline plans a quiet birthday dinner for two. Bu...more
I can't really escape the voice of Carole King singing "Chicken Soup with Rice" when I think of Sendak so he gets a big free pass. To say nothing of beautiful nude Mickey.
I have quite a lot of lesser Sendak. To wit:
"No Fighting, No Biting"
"A Hole is to Dig".
I have to say that as an author he's an excellent illustrator.
This was barely cogent. And SWEET JESUS these illustrations are not for children. The animals that come to party with the eponymous pig are...more
New York: Harper Collins, 2011
Picture book with text
Genres: Rhyming couplets, mischief, counting to nine
The pig Bumble-Ardy’s parents hate fun, so he’s never had a birthday. After they’re fattened and eaten, Bumble-Ardy is taken in by his Aunt Adeline, who is kind and loving. She gives him a cake and present for his ninth birthday, then goes to work. While she’s gone, Bumble invites his friends over for a masked party (he wears a cowboy costume) and the pigs rom...more
There is an undercurrent of sadness rather than wa...more
The illustrations leave much to be desired. At one point, Sendak tries to show us how angry the aunt is by making her look like A...more
I never saw the animated segments from which this book sprung. Coming to this without that background (or with it, for that m...more
The book doesn't go anywhere. It's sort of like taking kids to an art mu...more
Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, and decided to become an illustrator after viewing Wal...more