Monday, May 28, 2007

Pass the Puddin', Please!

Once upon a time, I decided that 'd had enough adult fare & it was time to venture into the realm of fantasy. I had recently been trying to read Rats, by Robert Sullivan, an incredibly informative & fascinating book on New York's real majority. Well, I got as far as page 74 & ended up putting it down "for the time being" because everywhere we went, I imagined or actually saw rats. It got to be too stressfull, though somehow enjoyable, knowing a book had such a hold on my psyche.

Enter The Magic Pudding!

The Magic Pudding, by Norman Lindsay, is a frolicsome account of the Puddin' Eaters & their crotchety Puddin'. I won't say much, except that I couldn't stop talking about the Puddin's antics while reading, to the point where Mr. K gave me one of those polite "How lovely for you to have such fun with your book" smiles after I interrupted him for the umpteenth time. Oh! And did I mention the beautiful pencil (or pen?) illustrations full of energy & peronality. You can almost reach into the Puddin' & grab a piece of steak & kidney pie for yourself! We have it at the store or you can get it through NY Review of Books. Enjoy!

From the NY Review of Books Synopsis:
"a The Magic Pudding is a pie, except when it's something else, like a steak, or a jam donut, or an apple dumpling, or whatever its owner wants it to be. And it never runs out. No matter how many slices you cut, there's always something left over. It's magic.
But the Magic Pudding is also alive. It walks and it talks and it's got a personality like no other. A meaner, sulkier, snider, snarlinger Pudding you've never met.
So Bunyip Bluegum (the koala bear) finds out when he joins Barnacle Bill (the sailor) and Sam Sawnoff (the penguin bold) as members of the Noble Society of Pudding Owners, whose "members are required to wander along the roads, indulgin' in conversation, song and story, and eatin' at regular intervals from the Pudding." Wild and woolly, funny and outrageously fun, The Magic Pudding stands somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and The Stinky Cheese Man as one of the craziest books ever written for young readers."

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