Book Review: Maurice Sendak’s Bumble-Ardy

Posted September 10, 2016 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Children's

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Book Review: Maurice Sendak’s Bumble-Ardy



Maurice Sendak

fantasy, picture book that was published by HarperCollins on April 5, 2013 and has 40 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include Where the Wild Things Are, Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months, In the Night Kitchen

Originally an animated Sesame Street animated short created by Maurice Sendak and Jim Henson, it’s the first all-Sendak story since his last story, Outside Over There in 1981.

My Take

The introducing pages are cute with the soft pastel graphics Sendak has created. I especially enjoyed the one in which Bumble-Ardy is exploding out of a calendar with that “well” *grin*.

I’m also enjoying the rhythm and rhyme of the story. Be warned, there is a rather gruesome explanation of why Bumble-Ardy hasn’t had a birthday party for the previous eight years. Yum!

You absolutely MUST read all the signs the characters carry or wear. And it’s definitely, oh, yes, most definitely a great opportunity to discuss why hog farmers aren’t welcome or why it’s a nice idea to wash first, lol. It’s also a chance to scare your kids into never having an “unlicensed” party! Although, that ending would screw that up. It was weird, even if it was very accepting.

Bumble-Ardy is taking advantage of his poor aunty — who already gave him a party. Watching Bumble-Ardy nervously tracking the time on his pocket watch will bring back some scary memories for Mom and Dad of their own teen parties…*more laughter*…

The costumes are great fun. And you may want to have a few cupcakes on hand…I know I wanted one…or two.

The Story

Bumble-Ardy is throwing himself a masquerade birthday party. His very first one.

The Characters

Bumble-Ardy is a young orphan pig who gets a grand idea.

Aunt Adeline adopted our boy, and she works at Smith & Klein, a grocer’s.

The Cover and Title

The cover is a gray-green with a slightly lighter text for the title and the author’s name, both of which curve around the central image of a very happy pig’s head —Bumble-Ardy’s head — wearing a yellow-trimmed bright blue pilot’s cap and jacket and bursting out of a calendar.

The title is the primary character, Bumble-Ardy.