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Higglety Pigglety Pop!: or There Must Be More to Life

By Maria Strom, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Moody, droll humor appeals more to adults.

Book Maurice Sendak Humor 1979
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

This was a favorite of mine when I was four. I had a little sister, and possibly the battle to feed the baby in real life added to the charm of this.Additionally, infants are not always fun. Only children may not get it. The reader is to feel empathy for the main character, the dog, not the baby. As they have with Where the Wild Things Are, modern parents seem to over-think this a little bit too much. It is only scary if adults think it is scary; the main character's food obsession adds plenty of comic relief. We know that the baby is not in much danger... her vile disposition almost assures us that if the lion eats her, her will just spit her back out. We can also wonder if Jenny will eat Baby instead, saving the Lion the trouble. Your child's vocabulary is as big as you make it; I love the sentence structure and comic timing in this book, with repeated phrasing and subtle asides. Maybe I did not "get" it all at age four, but it delighted me. The artwork is divine, no bright mishmash of primary shapes and colors here. Where the Wild Things Are is similar....complex illustrations that convey a lot of information without knocking your eyes out. Jan Brett is a modern illustrator who takes detail and beauty above what is popular, and I feel parents should give their kids the ability to enjoy different styles, as long as the story and writing support that...which this does. This book is also a nice gift for adults who have been through rough patches. Inspiring message of following dreams, having integrity and courage, and taking risk rather than settling for what is comfortable.
age 5+

This book is a masterpiece

This is a remarkable book by one of the greats of children's literature. Its language is inventive, the story telling is funny, quirky and unexpected, and the drawings are mesmerizing. They work not just as illustration but as an introduction to art. This book is timeless. You'll buy it, and will save it forever.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This fairy tale-like story is moody and full of droll humor, more often to the delight of adults than that of children. The five-line Mother Goose rhyme of the title is the inspiration for this story of a dog leaving home in search of excitement. The tale takes some strange turns, and has some unsettling moments -- such as parents having moved away and forgotten their baby -- that could give readers pause.

The overall look of the book is as old-fashioned as the story itself. Small, crosshatched, black-and-white illustrations are reminiscent of the artwork of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and may not hold the attention of today's readers, who are used to full-color and full-page spreads. Young children may like the dog and other animal characters, but they will not understand the archaic phrasing and may grow impatient with the low picture-to-text ratio.

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