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
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 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
Even for Sendak, who's made a career out of creating hallucinatory worlds, t...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 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
A young pig named Bumble-Ardy never celebrated his birthday when he was younger (which happens to be on June 10th) until...more
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...more
Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, and decided to become an illustrator after viewing Wal...more