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Bumble-Ardy [Hardcover]

Maurice Sendak
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29 Sep 2011

A brand-new picture book from the creator of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE!

BUMBLE-ARDY is a glorious picture book about a mischievous pig who has reached the age of nine without ever having had a birthday party. But all that changes when Bumble throws a party for himself and invites all his friends, leading to a wild masquerade that quickly gets out of hand.

In this highly anticipated book, Maurice Sendak once again explores the exuberance of young children and the unshakeable love between parent (in this case, an aunt) and child. BUMBLE-ARDY is the first book illustrated and written by Sendak since Outside Over There in 1981.

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; First Edition First Printing edition (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007447388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007447381
  • Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began by illustrating other authors' books for children, but the first book that he both wrote and illustrated was Kenny's Window, published in 1956. Since then he has illustrated over 80 books, and has won many awards, including the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he was the first American to win the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator's Medal. In 1978 the University of Boston made him Doctor of Humane Letters and in 1983 he won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for a 'substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children over a period of years'.

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“A delight to read aloud” The Daily Telegraph Magazine

About the Author

Maurice Sendak received the Caldecott Medal for WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. His other awards include the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sendak's life message is found in this book! 25 Mar 2012
I feel compelled to write a review in defence of this beautiful book. Sendak has told a story he originally wrote for Sesame Street as an animated short, which featured the voice of Jim Henson, it told the story of a little boy who had never had a birthday party and so his aunt agreed to have one with him and while she is out buying the cake, a group of pigs invite themselves round to have one huge party, creating mischief and fun, which Bumble Ardy had never experienced before then. When his aunt returned she is naturally horrified at the mess and promptly sends the pigs out in a fit of anger, however she forgives her son and kisses him 9 times, just as we had counted in and out 9 pigs -- the whole story was about teaching the value of 9. In this book, in Sendak's poetic style, he has created a little fable about taking chances in life, that if we don't live a little, we run the risk of looking back with regret at lost opportunities because we were too afraid of taking a chance, having that party in other words, telling someone we love them, being brave and honest with others and watching the positive impact that has on people! The book works out in the end, because Bumble is loved, and that is all that matters! So remember who has written this story, by an old beautiful man of 84, who has created in his life time great works of illustrative art, who has worked with some of the finest artists of his time and in this book, which may be his last, he reminds us, life is short, though it is filled with colour, joy and even fear, friends come and go, but at the end, if we are lucky, someone will be there, who says, "I love you" and kisses you nine times over nine. The illustrations are beautiful and magical, I love this new book!
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10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing.... 26 Sep 2011
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I couldn't wait for this book to arrive after I had it on pre-order for months... we had high expectations from the man that wrote Where The Wild Things are and In the Night Kitchen. My heart sank while reading this out loud and looked at the grotesque illustrations. When I finished both my 11 and 7 year old said in unison: I don't get it. And frankly nor do I. What a sad story of a pig that not only loses his parents, but also never has had a birthday party so that at his 8th birthday he decides to throw one for himself in his aunts absence.
The pigs he invites arrive dressed in absurd grotesque and not at all child friendly costumes. And when his aunt arrives home the party is cut short and Bumble Arty told that he will never have another party.
And that's it. Sorry if this is a Spoiler.... at least it might stop some other parent getting this for his/her child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Sendak -- Thank God! 10 Sep 2011
By Geoffrey Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Anyone who knows Sendak shouldn't expect his work to be "easy." It is defiantly idiosyncratic and often disturbing, unlike most of the garish pap out there these days. Sendak is less interested in telling a neatly tied-up story, than he is in creating an emotional narrative that invites repeated viewings. At 83, his art has lost none of its vibrancy, and he paints this one in loose and light watercolor spreads with thankfully no evidence of computer enhancement. The masks worn by the guests at Bumble Ardy's party are clearly bizarre, but intriguingly so. I suspect children will immerse themselves in Bumbe's environment despite what their parents might feel. And this is one of Sendak's strengths; he doesn't water down his work to please overly sensitive adults who have forgotten the wildness of their own childhoods. These days, awash as we are in political correctness, that takes balls! So celebrate this new work from a master of his craft and pray it won't be his last!
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good ending to a fantastic career 22 Sep 2011
By super_cami - Published on Amazon.com
I was young enough to read Sendak's work as a child and am now old enough to share my love of his books with my niece. What I find absolutely enchanting about Sendak's work is that it continues to speak to you with an evolving voice as you get older. The fantastical situations and fun illustrations that most captivated me as a child have now evolved into a sort of reverence and reflection on childhood and growing up. Maybe I'm just reading a little too far into everything, but I just meant to make very explicit that Bumble-Ardy is very much a recapitulation of exactly that: my niece can enjoy the fanciful story and interesting illustrations, and I can enjoy the very philosophic aspects of it. I hadn't initially been very excited about the book until I heard an interview Sendak had on NPR, after which I decided I had to get the book. I'm glad I did. It's a fantastic addition to my personal library, a great story to read with my niece, and (assuming Sendak won't write another) a wonderful close to his career. I'm rather in love with it.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a great book 22 Sep 2011
By Paige G. - Published on Amazon.com
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these reviewers are crazy. this book is hilarious. it never says they are drinking booze, to kids swill could be punch. the illustrations are amazing, as are all of sendaks books. i love at the end when the aunt and he make up. it is adorable. i read it to toddlers as well as my kindergarten twins.
i would recommend getting it, as i would recommend any other sendak book. there is nothing 'frightening' about it.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Pig Party! 3 Oct 2011
By Tim Mammel - Published on Amazon.com
Adults are challenged and disturbed by Maurice Sendak's work, but kids aren't. Bumble-ardy is no exception. Sendak gives us an endearing tale of a pig wanting to party, getting into trouble, and promising "never to turn 10." Kids understand Sendak's exaggerated and absurd drama that echos from Grimm's Fairy Tales and traditional fables. Bumble-ardy is a character that takes full delight in life, and learns more about life when he makes mistakes. Through beautiful illustrations and cheeky writing, Maurice Sendak reminds us (in his charming and unassuming manner) to have fun, enjoy life, love our family, and practice forgiveness. And Sendak never skimps on humor and mischief to tell his story, things that kids thrive on and grown-ups can be up-tight about. Careful not to be too uptight, or you might miss the tenderness and compassion that gently emerge in this treasure the author has created.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Book Suitable for all Kids ... and Adults 5 Nov 2011
By Christopher Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
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As a child psychologist, I work primarily with foster and adopted children. Because of this, these kids tend to deal with issues related to profound loss, abuse, abandonment, and people giving them the message they're not 'good enough.' I therefore had reservations about putting this book in my waiting room, given the general theme.

Turns out, the kids don't care. They love it! It's only been in my waiting room for a month or so, but I may have to buy another one soon, as it's getting lots of wear and tear.

And it's not just the kids reading it! Forget about subscribing to Newsweek for the adults who bring the kids; they want Bumble-ardy too!

Oh, and did I say (write) that the illustrations are incredible?

Anyhow, it's a great book for folks of all ages.
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