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2.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  694 Ratings  ·  173 Reviews

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

Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 5th 2013 by HarperCollins (first published September 1st 2011)
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Dec 16, 2011 Caris rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, childrens
I wasn’t going to say anything, but School Library Journal has named this one of the best books of 2011, calling it vintage Sendak. This may be vintage Sendak to someone who orgasms at the sound of the man’s name, but for someone with his/her faculties still in place, this is a huge disappointment.

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.

The illust
Jul 11, 2012 Kat rated it really liked it
As curled as a little piggy's tail, this tale of a wild rumpus (haven't we all craved that since Where the Wild Things introduced this idea?) has all the reality a child might need to be well-adjusted to the world, or perhaps worlds, of childhood. I grew up reading the Grimm canon of fairytales and found solace in the grim realities that so many of the heroines or heroes faced and endured in tale after tale. I preferred the ones that didn't always have a pat ending and Sendak recognized the nece ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Dolly rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Perhaps I am a heretic, but I just never truly got the charm of Maurice Sendak's books. Sure, I read Where the Wild Things Are as a child and a parent and I definitely had to check out In the Night Kitchen to see what all the fuss was about. But I never really liked his books. When I read that he'd released a new one, I thought I'd give him another chance. No luck again.

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
The Library Lady
Oct 25, 2011 The Library Lady rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
I disliked this from the dark prologue where Sendak kills off the family and didn't like the rest any better. And I disliked it even more when I discovered that it was based on this much sweeter Sesame Street segment made by Sendak and Jim Henson.

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
Sep 12, 2011 Mamers rated it did not like it
This book is just plain awful. I haven't seen the Sesame Street segment it was based on, so I'm not sure if it is similar, but I just can't imagine SS showing something this awful to kids. The story is supposed to show the unconditional love between a parent and a child, but after the aunt comes at Ardy's friends with a meat cleaver, I wouldn't be so quick to forgive.

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
Sarah BT
Sep 24, 2011 Sarah BT rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I had such high hopes for this one and I don't feel as though they were met. I was expecting a wonderful amazing book and the book I got instead was a very odd just OK read. I read the first page, I liked that the pig newspaper said "We Read Banned Books" which made me laugh. But from there, nothing. I do like the rhyming text which has a very nice rhythm to it. The artwork of course is interesting to look at, even if the masquerade costumes are a bit odd and sometimes a bit creepy. I think they ...more
Nov 14, 2011 Samuel rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
Although I have only the highest praise for Higglety Pigglety Pop, and Where the Wild Things Are is a classic in the genre, I'm not the world's biggest Sendak fan, and I've never really understood his high place in the pantheon of American children's author/illustrators. There's been a lot of buzz about both him and this book in the library world of late, however, so when the chance came to read it, I made sure to do so.

Even for Sendak, who's made a career out of creating hallucinatory worlds, t
Jessica Bingham
Oct 01, 2011 Jessica Bingham rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s
I was so excited when I found out that Maurice Sendak was coming out with a new book. I actually raced with one of my patrons to see who could find it and read it first. I found it and read it and was immediately disappointed. It was not what I expected at all. The illustrations were terrible and the story was entirely too dark for children. (I know Where the Wild Things are is not exactly bright...but it is at least enjoyable.) I handed the book over to the patron and shook my head. "Neither yo ...more
Oct 03, 2011 Kim rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Normally I do not list picture books here because I read quite a lot of them for my job however I felt this one needed attention. I read Bumble-Ardy and was horrified in a way that I haven't been in a very long time. I felt the rhyme was lacking in the story, the illustrations were creepy and the story in general was dark and scary (insert image of Bumble-Ardy's aunt going after the party guests with a meat cleaver). This is not a book for children and to be honest I felt the plot didn't track f ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Jan 21, 2013 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, pigs
Wow! I am shocked to see this book has so many low ratings. I agree that it is not up to par with Sendak's prior works but it is certainly not a 1 or 2 star book.

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.
May 30, 2011 Susan rated it it was ok
Just didn't do it for me. Very strange, very dark, and geared more for adults than kids. I expect it will get lots of good reviews and good sales based on the fact that it's a Maurice Sendak book... but if I removed the name on the front cover and looked at it like any other book... I wouldn't buy it. There are some lovely illustrations, but that wasn't enough to carry the book... for me, at least.
Sep 22, 2011 Melody rated it did not like it
I didn't like this at all. The illustrations were not up to Sendak's usual standard, the story was both meandering and pandering. The characters were unlikeable, the plot absent. There wasn't anything I liked about this one, not a bit of it.
Linda Atkinson
Sep 12, 2011 Linda Atkinson rated it it was ok
Disappointed and underwhelmed:-(
Sep 07, 2011 John rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Is Bumble-Ardy for children or adults?
Oct 25, 2011 Phloe rated it liked it
Okay, look. Maurice Sendak is like, a thousand years old. He's gonna get a little loopy. It's what happens with artists - compare early works, their drawings get looser, artists care less about detail than they did when they were younger (ie Where the Wild Things Are vs this book).

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
After years and years of reading Maurice Sendak’s works (Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen are some of my favorite works by him), I wanted to read Maurice Sendak’s most recent works and I just picked up this little gem of a book by Maurice Sendak, called “Bumble-Ardy!” “Bumble-Ardy” is a truly unique and fun book that children everywhere will definitely enjoy!

A young pig named Bumble-Ardy never celebrated his birthday when he was younger (which happens to be on June 10th) until
Kathryn Cullen
Sep 25, 2011 Kathryn Cullen rated it liked it
Personally, this story is a little scary. I also have trouble finding the point this story is trying to make. Bumble-Ardy's lives with his aunt. Bumble-Ardy has missed eight birthdays in a row. Therefore, his aunt has promised to give him a good 9th birthday. His aunt has been setting and preparing for the party all week. however, while she is at work Bumble-Ardy decided to invite all of his friends over for a party. Bumble-Ardy and his friends destroy his aunt's house. When she comes home from ...more
Mar 11, 2012 Angie rated it did not like it
When I heard there was a new Sendak book coming out I was excited; I ordered multiple copies for the library and I couldn't wait for them to get here. It finally appeared on the new book shelf and I read it. Boy was I disappointed. I can't believe this is written by the same person that wrote Where the Wild Things Are. Sure Sendak's books are all a little different and quirky, but they are at least fun to read. This one not so much. I thought the story was bad, the characters awful and the illus ...more
a little creepy, a little sad, a little amazing. people underestimate kids, i think, what they can handle and what they can enjoy, and i think people ultimately underestimate exactly how bloodthirsty and macabre children can be. maurice sendak does not insult children that way. bumble-ardy gets carried away at his first (well, 9th) birthday party and his loving aunty gets mad, threatens to eat his guests, but in the end forgives him and loves him. where's the terrible? i don't see it, but i did ...more
Lisa Vegan
Nov 25, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it did not like it
Recommended to Lisa by: Crystal Marcos
This book was a waste of my precious time. I’m not a huge Sendak fan to begin with, but I have to wonder why this book was ever created. I see no real redeeming value. I didn’t like the pictures or the characters. I figured I was way off base compared to other Goodreads’ members but after I read I checked the average rating and I’m not so alone after all. (before my rating/review: 2.67 average star rating, and I’m not the only one giving it only 1 star) I do feel that perhaps I’m being a tad har ...more
Dione Basseri
Mar 05, 2016 Dione Basseri rated it did not like it
Wow. I was surprised at how much I disliked this book. And I can certainly point to the fact that I was expecting a lot more from Sendak. If this was a random book I picked up from the library, from an unknown author, I would have gone with two stars, maybe three, but my hopes were raised so high by Sendak, and I wasn't so much let down as thrown into cold water.

The artwork is utter chaos for most of the book, and while this is supposed to represent the chaos of the party, it's just so over the
Leigh Perry
Oct 13, 2015 Leigh Perry rated it liked it
Bumble-Ardy by Maurice Sendak is a story about a pig named Bumble-Ardy who’s never had a birthday party before so he decides to throw himself one that quickly gets out of hand. Will his aunt return to find the mess?
This is a horizontally oriented picturebook which helps to show the amount of characters there are at the party. The book jacket is designed in an interesting way because the font that the author used is large and stretched and wraps around the oval shape of the main character which
Oct 12, 2015 Christen rated it it was ok
In this horizontal oriented picturebook, Sendak tells the story of Bumble-Ardy, a pig who has never had a birthday party. When he turns nine years old, he throws himself a costume birthday party behind his Aunt Adeline’s back. When his aunt comes home from work and discovers her house is full of party guests she is angry. After she kicks the guests out, she forgives Bumble-Ardy and gives him nine kisses for his ninth birthday.
Sendak’s illustrations are full of bright colors and interesting image
Mar 29, 2014 Reham rated it really liked it
Shelves: rhythmic-word, auther
1-Maurice Sendak
Sendak was born on June 10, 1928 in New York City. The now-renowned children's author studied at the Art Students League and illustrated more than 80 books by other writers before authoring one himself. He wrote Where the Wild Things Are. Later in his career Sendak collaborated with Carole King on the musical Really Rosie and has done other work for the stage.
While Maurice at high school, he created comic strip for the school paper. It was called “pinky card.” Maurice got job at
Sep 07, 2011 Christopher rated it liked it
Maurice Sendak's newest picture book in almost 30 years is definitely a strange one. The tale of Bumble-Ardy, who has never had a birthday party, is pretty dark. The illustrations, while great, will freak out and even scare younger children. This book is geared more toward adults with "Maurice Sendak" nostalgia than kids. Interesting but not really my cup of tea in the end.
Karalee Hoge
Oct 14, 2015 Karalee Hoge rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
Bumble-Ardy wasn't what I expected. I expected strange artwork, but not to the extent of this book. When you approach this book it is laid out in landscape form and takes advantage of the space for large pictures that are overwhelming to look at. It was also a struggle to determine the overall plot of the story. Sendak uses rhyme to tell the story and mixes different genres and time periods in the art of the book. This causes the reader to feel confused, which forces a going back and re-reading ...more
Danica Midlil
Nov 06, 2011 Danica Midlil rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Dear god, Yuck! The pictures are creepy, the rhyme is strange, the angry aunt seems to turn demonic towards the end. Did the publishers lose a bet? Is that why this was accepted. Do they just publish any old thing that Maurice Sendak sends them now?
Kelsey Hoban
Apr 29, 2014 Kelsey Hoban rated it it was ok
Bumble-Ardy is about a pig that has been adopted by his Aunt Adeline because his parents were eaten. Bumble-Ardy is a fashionable pig who dreams of having a birthday party. His Aunt Adeline throws him his first birthday party with complete costumes, cake and some very outrageous guests. Things get a little out of hand at the party when all the sudden there is a cross between a wild rumpus and medieval morality pageant spread across double paged scene set ups, Aunt Adeline isn’t thrilled about th ...more
Madison Godfrey
Apr 30, 2014 Madison Godfrey rated it really liked it
After reading this book, Bumble-Ardy, it reminded me a little of Charlotte's Web and the how at the beginning the pig is saved from being slaughtered. It's interesting how multiple authors can have similar ideas and use the same animals. Bumble-Ardy is a pig that has been adopted by his Aunt Adeline because his parents were eaten. Bumble-Ardy is a fashionable pig who dreams of having a birthday party. His Aunt Adeline throws him his first birthday party with complete costumes, cake and some very ...more
Sep 24, 2011 Jenny rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Way too dark and disturbing. Not one that I'd buy for or read to my children. I just don't get Maurice Sendak!
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Maurice Bernard Sendak is an American writer and illustrator of children's literature who is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963. An elementary school (from kindergarten to grade five) in North Hollywood, California is named in his honor.

Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, and decided to become an illustrator after viewing Wal
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