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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!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
The dog has eaten the mop!
The pig's in a hurry
The cat's in a flurry
"Sendak is the daddy of them all when it comes to picture books - the words, the rhythm and the design are all wonderful." -- S Magazine Sunday Express --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
When I was showing dogs, I had the pleasure of spending time with a "coven" of Sealyhams - they were playful little witches, for sure. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2002
I loved it as a kid and had my husband read it years ago. Some of Jenny's quirks became permanent jokes between us (like when she passes out yet still wants syrup on her... Read morePublished on June 23 2001 by Graphite
I loved my LP recording of this book to death as a child - I highly recommend this enchanting story.Published on July 5 1999