This morning HarperCollins announced in The Wall Street Journal that they are publishing Maurice Sendak’s Bumble-Ardy, the first picture book he’s both written and illustrated since 1981’s Outside Over There. Sendak, the creator of the beloved children’s classic Where the Wild Things Are (you may also remember Spike Jonze's 2010 movie), most recently wrote Mommy?, a pop-up engineered by Matthew Reinhart with illustrations by Arthur Yorinks.
Bumble-Ardy evolved from a 1970s animated segment for Sesame Street 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.
The September 6 publication date seems a mighty long time away, so in the meantime, let’s keep the rumpus going! Tell us your favorite part(s) of Where the Wild Things Are.