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A new book from Maurice Sendak

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(Read caption) Sendak calls the character Bumble-Ardy "funny.... robust.... sly.... a sneak.... all the things I like."

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Let the wild rumpus start!

Maurice Sendak, beloved author-illustrator of “Where The Wild Things Are” and more than 100 other titles, has a new book coming out in the fall.

The Wall Street Journal’s blog “The Juggle” said it’s the first book that the 82-year-old has both written and illustrated in nearly 30 years.

A Journal article reported that Harper Collins will publish the new Sendak work, Bumble-Ardy, “the story of a pig who has his first-ever birthday party when he turn 9.” The seed for the story was planted in 1971 with an animated “Sesame Street” short by Sendak. (Bumble-Ardy was a boy in that story, though, not a pig.) Sendak told the Journal that he had been unable to forget the character: "He was funny. He was robust. He was sly. He was a sneak. He was all the things I like."

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