Higglety Pigglety Pop! Paperback – Jun 1 1979
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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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 the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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, "...Read more ›
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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A gem of the Sendak cannon, deserving of much more attention than it's gotten so far.Published 9 months ago by LG
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
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