Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wizardry Writing Wednesday - Off To Where The Wild Things Are

Wizard Lexiconi here, saddened at the demise of one of children's literature's great authors. 

Marice Sendak died at the age of 83 yesterday, May 8th. We here at the Castle Library decided to honor this legend by repeating one of the Queen's recent features of his latest book, Bumble-Ardy. At the very end, you'll find a list of Sendak's works taken from Wikipedia. I encourage you to visit your local library and brows through the books he had a hand in creating. 

Happy Reading,
Let your imagination weave some wacky tales.
Wiz. Lexiconi, Sr. Mage 1st class: Fabulist extraordinaire.

June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012

Book Title: Bumble-Ardy
Author: Maurice Sendak                                                                                                                

Book Information:
Publisher and date: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 1 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 40 pages
Genre: Fiction Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0062051981

Book Theme:
Pigs, birthdays, learning a lesson, forgiveness
Rhyming story

Fave Sentence:
"So Adeline, that aunt divine, 
Took in her Bumble valentine
And kissed him nine times over nine."

Book Summary
Bumble-Ardy has evolved from an animated segment for Sesame Street that aired in the early 1970s 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. Bumble-Ardy is the first book illustrated and written by Sendak since Outside Over There in 1981.

Activity Adventures:

Something Fun:
Create your own costume party. Collect dress up clothes. Create masks from paper plates and decorate with glitter, sequins and feathers or whatever else you have on hand.
But don't be a pig about it, mind your manners!

Crafty Ideas:
Make a pig mask from paper plates. Paint the plate pink, cut out big triangle shaped ears and use a paper cup for the snout.

Make clocks to help with telling time. 

Writing Prompts:
Make up your own poem. Write about your favorite birthday party.

Discussion Questions:
After reading, talk about the expressions on the pig's faces? They show a variety of emotions.
Talk about why Aunt is upset, and why Bumble cries.

The section of the party has little text. Can you find Bumble in the mayhem? Why do you suppose he wanted everyone to come dressed up, and clean?

Talk about if the party goers were real friends or not? What went wrong in this story? What went right? 

Authors Arena

Author and Illustrator: Maurice Sendak
bio from
For more than forty years, the books Maurice Sendak has written and illustrated have nurtured children and adults alike and have challenged established ideas about what children's literature is and should be. The New York Times has recognized that Sendak's work "has brought a new dimension to the American children's book and has helped to change how people visualize childhood." Parenting recently described Sendak as "indisputably, the most revolutionary force in children's books."

Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are, in 1970 Sendak became the first American illustrator to receive the international Hans Christian Andersen Award, given in recognition of his entire body of work. In 1983, he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, also given for his entire body of work.

Beginning in 1952, with A Hole Is to Dig by Ruth Krauss, Sendak's illustrations have enhanced many texts by other writers, including the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik, children's books by Isaac Bashevis Singer and Randall Jarrell, and The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm. Dear Mili, Sendak's interpretation of a newly discovered tale by Wilhelm Grimm, was published to extraordinary acclaim in 1988.

In 1997, Sendak received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton. In 2003 he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government. Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn in 1928. He now lives in Connecticut.

Read the interview over at NPR Books:
Maurice Sendak: On Life, Death And Children's Lit
Listen to interview here.

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