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Higglety Pigglety Pop!: Or There Must Be…

Higglety Pigglety Pop!: Or There Must Be More to Life (1967)

by Maurice Sendak

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The book that made me the person I am today. ( )
  mcquery123 | Jul 20, 2015 |
Strange, wonderfully odd book. ( )
  pussreboots | Sep 24, 2014 |
A. really liked it. Probably because it was so whimsical and difficult for her to comprehend. ( )
  MiguelPut | Aug 4, 2014 |
"Higglety Pigglety Pop!" is an exceptional story that is so simplistic and yet is filled with so much truth. The author Maurice Sendak does a fantastic job at taping into the human spirit. He did this by showing that even when people have everything they are still not satisfied with their lives. He shows this by having the dog say that she has everything, but for some reason she is not happy with her life. She sets out on a journey with all of her belongings in search of something more. Then in the story everything she has gets destroyed and she is left with nothing, and even after loosing everything the dog still went in search of something more. Sendak uses this to show that no matter what we are given/ have in the life we will always be unhappy and always be in search of something that we may never attain.
  brandib90 | Oct 9, 2013 |
Now I remember why I never liked fairy tales -- they are spooky and complicated -- and so is this book.

Sendak wrote the book after his beloved dog Jennie died. Taking lines from a Mother Goose poem, Sendak created a fairy tale of multifaceted layers.

Jennie is bored and has everything a dog or man could want. Leaving her abode of comfort, she travels and meets members of The World Mother Goose Theatre.

Longing to be a lead star, she is told experience is necessary.

When Jennie becomes a nanny to a spoiled baby who refuses to eat, she longs to find the parents who live in Castle Yonder.

When the baby destroys Jennies possessions, the dog that had everything now has nothing.

When the lion in the basement eats the baby, Jennie no longer has a mission.

Leaving the home of the baby, Jennie is re-united with the World Mother Goose Theatre members and because she now has experience, becomes a star.

While highly creative, I'm left feeling like I missed something.

While Sendak laughs, I ponder the meaning of it all.

The illustrations seemed spooky and surreal.

The face of the baby was adult like and haunting. ( )
  Whisper1 | May 30, 2013 |
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Krahé, HildegardÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Tells the story of Jennie, the little terrier who left her luxurious home in search of life's meaning.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 006028479X, Hardcover)

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!
The dog has eaten the mop!
The pig's in a hurry
The cat's in a flurry
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

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The adventures of Jennie, a dog who runs away from home to see what else there is to life.

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