Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life by Maurice Sendak . Maurice Sendak’s books have been, right along, projections of concepts rather than pictorializations of plots, so that it is almost gratuitous to. Discovering ‘Higglety Pigglety Pop!’ as an adult, Malcolm Jones came late to Sendak’s world and never left.

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The illustrations are intricate mauricr and white drawings. Those Punch and Judy pop-up stage plays also creep me out. Everyone — adults and children. Apr 17, Alex Schultz rated it liked it. I relate to someone who has had the same job forever, holding onto an old dream, and finally going all out for it.

So, I definitely expected something lovely, but was surprised by just how much this story endeared and moved me. Best, Sarah hide spoiler ].

Sep 13, Paul rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: One of my favorite books from childhood–brought back many good memories reading it piggleyy. To view it, click here. The art is stunning in this book.

Thanks for your help! Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There must be more to life than having everything! However, she certainly never dreamed of the type of experience she would, er, experience. This story is about a dog named Jennie who has everything you could possibly want in life, but for some reason still can’t find happiness in her life.


The dog is not happy with everything so she goes out to find Experience. All I can remember is crying, from the beginning to the end.


Dissatisfaction with your life, clinging to the dream and possibility of what you could be, and what it really means to have everything. This was the book that charmed me just enough to stay with me nearly two decades later after reading it a single time; this was the book that got away, that try as I might I couldn’t find. I’m impressed with my memory for hanging all to pigglegy of these scraps for all these years.

Instead we find that the journey was exciting, surprising, trying, and sometimes a little sad. Jun 09, Carol Irvin rated it really liked it. Jan 28, Erin Good rated it it was amazing.

Jennie’s Search for “More to Life” in Maurice Sendak’s “Higglety Pigglety Pop!”

All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from Sendsk Articles with permanently dead external links. It filled me with such a feeling of wonder, and I remembered that, but I couldn’t remember much else.

Sendak elaborates a modern tale of multiple themes. His illustrations were naurice published in in a textbook titled Atomics for the Millions by Dr. I was surprised to find a sense of darkness to this book, as most of Maurice Sendak’s books usually seem more innocent and joyful. May 08, AGamble rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m not a huge fan of that Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland technique of one bizarre thing linked to another, which is kind of how the story feels at times.


Oct 20, Calista rated it really liked it Shelves: It appears t Sendak once again creates a children’s book with very adult themes.

Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life by Maurice Sendak

I think as a kid, the illustrations must have been very striking. I thought I remembered an illustration of a girl, looking out over the land while sweeping a stoop For years and years I have tried to find a book I read as a child. His drawings of Jennie are so lovingly described that you can almost see her come to life and imagine her spunky personality indeed, Jennie was a real dog, and the friend to whom Sendak dedicates the book.

She does end up being happy in the end. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sendak wrote it to deal with the death of his beloved dog Jennie. By having everything, you’ll have nothing, and when you have nothing, you have everything.

Higglety Pigglety Pop! by Maurice Sendak

In the end, she finds the interest in becoming an actress and believes it is the right answer to her happiness! She never did, of course, but a broom features heavily — of course I would associate a broom with the book.

This is a darker Children’s book.