Maurice Sendak, who should have illustrated The Hobbit, turns 83 in June and though he hasn’t published a new book since 1981, fans of the beloved author will be treated to just that in September courtesy of Harper Collins, reports Media Bistro.
The new book is named Bumble-Ardy, and if the name sort of sounds familiar in the dark crevasse of your brain, it’s because the book began its life as an animated segment for Sesame Street that aired in the early 1970s.
It tells the tale of Bumble, a mischievous pig who has reached the age of nine without ever having had a birthday party. He takes matters into his own hands (well, cloven hooves) and invites all of his friends to a masquerade party that quickly gets out of hand. According to the description on Amazon’s pre-order page, Sendak “once again explores the exuberance of young children and the unshakable love between parent (in this case, an aunt) and child.”
September is going to be a good month, with a new book from the late-great-Shel Silverstein and now the first new book from Maurice Sendak in nearly 30 years. This. Is. Exciting!