New Maurice Sendak Picture Book BUMBLE-ARDY Announced

Bumble-Ardy

This news makes me warm and happy. HarperCollins has announced that a new Maurice Sendak picture book, BUMBLE-ARDY, will be released on September 6, 2011. This is the first book written and illustrated by Sendak since 1981’s Outside Over There.

An animated segment on ‘Sesame Street’ in the early 1970s, Bumble-Ardy has evolved into a glorious picture book about a mischievous pig who has reached the age of nine without ever having a birthday party. When Bumble decides to throw himself a party and invite all his friends, the result is a wild masquerade that quickly gets out of hand. In Bumble-Ardy, Sendak once again explores the exuberance of young children and the unshakable love between parent (in this case, an aunt) and child.

Susan Katz, president and publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books , said in a statement,

“We’re thrilled to be publishing Maurice Sendak’s Bumble-Ardy. Generations have grown up with his books, and this new picture book is a true testament to Maurice’s matchless ability to delight, entertain, and surprise us with every one.”

Maurice Sendak’s children’s books have sold nearly 30 million copies in the U. S. alone and have been translated into more than 30 languages. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are and is the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop! and Nutshell Library. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, in 1983 he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, and in 1996 he received a National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, Sendak received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an annual international prize for children’s literature established by the Swedish government.

Any other adults out there who still get excited when a much-loved writer from their childhood releases a new book?

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