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Higglety Pigglety Pop [Paperback]

Maurice Sendak
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Book Description

June 1 1979
A daring imagination has woven a simple rhyme into a brilliantly original tale [about Jennie, the Sealyham terrier, who seeks Experience and becomes the star of the World Mother Goose Theatre].

Notable Children's Books of 1967 (ALA)
1968 Fanfare Honor List (H)
Best Books of 1967 (SLJ)
Children's Books of 1967 (Library of Congress)

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As a tribute to his dearly departed pooch, Maurice Sendak wrote this odd little tale in 1967 about Jennie, a Sealyham terrier who is not content with having everything but must go out in the world to find something she doesn't have. Right off the bat, she comes across a pig wearing sandwich boards advertising the need for a leading lady in the World Mother Goose Theatre. Jennie leaps at the opportunity. Unfortunately, the position requires someone with experience, so she sets off to find it. One hungry lion and a stubborn un-hungry baby later, Jennie definitely has experience, if nothing else anymore, and off she goes to play the leading role in a nursery-rhyme-turned-theatrical-production:
Higglety-pigglety pop!
The dog has eaten the mop!
The pig's in a hurry
The cat's in a flurry
Higglety-pigglety pop!
This dreamy, slightly dark story, illustrated in Sendak's renowned pen-and-ink style, tells of a gluttonous dog's transformation from someone who cares only about her next salami sandwich to one who would risk her life for a weaker being (while still wondering where that next sandwich is coming from). Caldecott Medal artist Sendak is the brilliantly quirky creator of such classics as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Maurice Sendak received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. He also received the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, the only American ever awarded this international honor; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts. In 2003 Sendak received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Belongs on every shelf April 12 2001
By Erik K
This book belongs on every shelf, possibly next to The Little Prince or Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. This beautifully illustrated fable (Sendak wrote to deal with the death of his beloved Sealyham Terrier, Jennie) stars the always hungry, always selfish and always charming little dog Jennie. Though Jennie has everything, she decides there must be more to life and sets off to find it.
Along the way, there are feline milkmen, job applications to theatre companies, babies who won't eat, lions and the bit of Mother Goose rhyme from which the book takes its title. Somehow, the ending manages to be both uplifting and very sad at the same time, and when you're done, the little voice in your head will plead "read it again!".
Sendak's art is brilliant, carefully rendered black and white illustrations with charming characters and whimsical details that add to the text of the story. Sendak's storytelling as at it's peak here as well. It's much wordier than Wild Things, and also aimed at an older audience. If your kids are too young for this, buy it anyway. That way, it's there when they're ready.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Higglety Pigglety Pop! Dec 7 2000
Emily Robertson ENGL 385.5 Dr. Michelle Martin Critical Reflection #3 Sendak, Maurice. Higglety Piggltey Pop! Or There Must be More to Life. New York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1983. Pp 69. Taylor, Mary-Agnes. "Which Way to Castle Yonder?" Children's Literature Association Quarterly. 12.3 (1987): 142-44
Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must be More to Life, by Maurice Sendak is a book about a dog, Jennie, who is discontented because she has everything in life and leaves her home in search for something else. Although Jennie doesn't know what it is she's looking for, all the characters that she comes in contact with do. She is lacking experience and the other characters lead Jennie to her goal with food. Jennie's world and all her adventures are centered around food, and by enticing her with food, the surrounding characters help Jennie to live out her life of selfishness and greed, sacrifice, and eternity in Heaven after death. Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must be More to Life starts out with Jennie deciding that she is going to look for more in life. Jennie tells the plant in her window that she is leaving because she is discontented, "I want something I do not have. There must be more to life than having everything" (Sendak 3). The first reference to food is made while Jennie is talking to the plant, she is nibbling off parts of the plant while she talks, and when the conversation is over all the leaves of the plant are gone. "The plant had nothing to say. It had nothing left to say it with" (Sendak 5). Eating the leaves is a representation of Jennie's greed. In an article "Which Way to Castle Yonder?" Mary-Agnes Taylor comments about Jennie's life, "...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful fantasy for kids Nov. 13 1999
I read this book when I was a child and have vivid memories of certain sections. I was telling my daughter and son about "Jenny" the other day when we saw a dog that looked just like her. I haven't read the book for 20+ years (my mom bought the hardcover when it first came out), but I still remember it like it was yesterday. I thought the story within a story would appeal to my daughter.
This book will appeal to the precocious young reader and to the parent who wants to read along. I just wish I could get it in hardback as my childhood copy seems to have vanished...
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great first chapter book for the youngest ones June 15 2001
By Ken R
I have read this book to my daughter since she was about 3 and we return to it at least 3 times a year. The language is simple and witty, with a wonderful depth of feeling for Jennie and her desire to gain "experience". The darkly humorous chapter with Jennie attempting to placate the Baby is one of Sendak's best pieces of writing and both child and parent will find themselves imitating Baby's shouted speech with glee. This is a wonderful book to read aloud, but take time to savor the illustrations. Their off-kilter warmth caps a great reading experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Children's Book Ever! Jan. 30 2004
This is my absolute all-time favorite book from childhood. When I got pregnant the first book I bought for my little guy was this one. Every child must have one. It doesn't follow the usual guidelines for children's literature, which is usually boring and has some obvious moral theme. Higglety Pigglety Pop can be thought of as somewhat nonsensical and stimulating to the imagination. Your little one will love it! The characters are genius.
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