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
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
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 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
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.
Even for Sendak, who's made a career out of creating hallucinatory worlds, t ...more
A young pig named Bumble-Ardy never celebrated his birthday when he was younger (which happens to be on June 10th) until ...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
In the beginning of the book the little pig was sa ...more
Sendak begins Bumble-Ardy with an image of Bumble-Ardy crying with his birth certificate hanging next to him and text that tells the reader that he has already missed eight birthdays. The half title page is two different images. One that shows Bumble-Ardy and pictures of his ma and pa and a another page that shows him popping out of a calendar exclaimin ...more
Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, and decided to become an illustrator after viewing Wal ...more