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Maurice Sendak to publish first book in 30 years

Maurice Sendak, probably most famous for his childrens book Where the Wild Things Are will be publishing his first in nearly 30 years. The new book is called Bumble-Ardy and will hit shelves in September.

But in terms of a book completely his own, Bumble-Ardy is the first since 1981’s Outside Over There. Not that he wants to make a big deal out of it. “People from New York have been calling, to see if I’m still alive. When I answer the phone, you can hear the disappointment in their voice.”

Sendak’s sense of humor is pitch-black and ribald, though this fact, and the baroque essence of his work, is often lost on readers now that his books have become canonical. “A woman came up to me the other day and said, ‘You’re the kiddie-book man!’ I wanted to kill her.” He hates to be thought of as safe or his work as classic, and he won’t tolerate overpraise. “My work is not great, but it’s respectable. I have no false illusions.”

Here’s the book’s description from Amazon.com:

Bumble-Ardy has evolved from an animated segment for Sesame Street that aired in the early 1970s to 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 picture book, Maurice Sendak once again explores the exuberance of young children and the unshakable 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.

Community Comments

#1 Costa Koutsoutis
July/28/2011
@ 10:22 am

NO WAY. SHUT THE HELL UP, NO WAY.

I wish I had kids so I could have a reason to get this…ahh screw it, might get it anyway.

#2 Kat Ruhl
July/28/2011
@ 11:47 am

Wow, he hasn’t published anything since before I was born, that’s crazy to think about. I’ve loved his work since I was tiny so I’ll have to try and pick this

#3 C. Hart
July/28/2011
@ 2:43 pm

I’m looking forward to reading this.

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