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The Magic Pudding (New York Review Children's Collection) Hardcover – June 30, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: New York Review Children's Collection
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: NYR Children's Collection (June 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590171012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590171011
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is the funniest children’s book ever written. I’ve been laughing at it for fifty years, and when I read it again this morning, I laughed as much as I ever did."
— Philip Pullman, from the introduction

"A robust fantasy, The Magic Pudding was first published in 1918 but shows few signs of its age. It’s part of a handsome, new collection of reprints, published by The New York Review of Books, aimed at rescuing neglected children’s classics from 'the dustbins of history'. There’s no dust on Lindsay’s quirky tale about the adventures of Bunyip Bluegum, an irrepressible, polite young koala. He meets various eccentric characters who bust into song and rhyme. In the introduction to the new edition, Philip Pullman, author of The Amber Spyglass, calls Lindsay’s work 'the funniest children’s book ever written…You can feel Lindsay carried away on the wings of his own energy'.”
USA Today, “Holiday Books”

"The illustrations are great fun, the characters burst into comic verse at the drop of a hat, and it’s hard to resist."
The Horn Book

"The book is full of songs that pitch along like boats on a rough sea. The tremendous black and white drawings are full of ne’er do well character…It is an outrage that it is not on every English family’s menu."
The Observer

From the Inside Flap

"This is the funniest children’s book ever written. I’ve been laughing at it for fifty years, and when I read it again this morning, I laughed just as much as I ever did. There’s no point in trying to explain why it’s funny. If there’s anyone so bereft of humour that they can read these words and look at these pictures without laughing, then heaven help them, because they’re beyond the reach of advice, instruction or despair." --Philip Pullman, from the introduction

Customer Reviews

This is a great book for children.
Doug Wilson
Each page is graced with his masterful charcoal drawings humorously depicting the action.
"hurburgh"
This is supposed to be an illustrated book.
Kenneth Smith

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By bensmomma on September 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is part of the wonderful new series of republished children's books from the New York Review of Books. Over 80 years old, "The Magic Pudding" describes the adventures of a koala bear, named Bunyip Bluegum - the kind of koala who wears a high collar and spats - who falls in with a crazy cowboy sort of fellow named Bill Barnacle and a penguin named Sam Sawnoff.

Bill and Sam are possessed of a magic pudding (named Albert, if you can believe this), who regenerates every time you take a bite of him and changes into whatever flavor you like. Albert the pudding is much coveted by two evil villains who are constantly tricking our Heroes into giving up the Pudding, whereupon they must go and re-re-re-rescue it.

The characters and style are very reminiscent of "Alice in Wonderland," with Bunyip seeming a little White-rabbitish to me, and Bill and Sam sort of Mad Hatter and Dormouse-y. The effect is somewhere in between "Alice" and an old Loony Tunes in which Bugs Bunny constantly bewilders Elmer Fudd.

The whole narrative is punctuated with many whimsical song lyrics, like the poetry in Carroll's book. The lyrics make it a great read-aloud for the younger set, although older kids might be a bit puzzled by its style. However, everyone will be charmed by the Pudding himself and want one of their very own.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L O'connor on December 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
Bunyip Bluegum the Koala leaves home because he can't stand the sight of his uncle's whiskers in the soup any more. He meets Barnacle Bill the sailor and Sam Sawnoff the penguin, who own a remarkable pudding. Every time you cut a slice from the pudding, another one grows in its place, you can eat as much as you like, the pudding lasts forever. What's more, you can change the pudding to any kind you like, it can be steak and kidney or plum duff or jam roly poly. The pudding is apt to get discontented and starts complaining if it isn't eaten enough. Such a desirable pudding is naturally at constant risk from pudding thieves, and the three friends have their work cut out trying to outwit the sneaky Possum and Wombat who are always trying to steal it. This is a very funny story with lots of action and a great many fights, it should appeal to anyone who likes humorous fantasy.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Harry Eskin on November 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I first discovered "The Magic Pudding" when I was in fourth grade. I found it amid a bunch of books given to me by my grandparents. I read it for a school free choice reading project, and since then I must have re-read it over 10 times. It is just a phenomenal book. It has none of that "Harry Potter" commercialism and is 30 times better to boot. It is whimsical, fantastical, funny, exhilarating, and overall joyful to read. It is a short book - I had my friend read it on a short plane flight, and he loved it - but it is absolutely amazing.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Magic Pudding is a fun-and-nonsense tale that has become my nine-year-old son's favorite book. It deserves to be published in the US so that American children can enjoy what has become a classic in Australian children's literature. If you enjoy Roald Dahl's books, "The Phantom Tollbooth," and "Alice in Wonderland" you'll enjoy this.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A wonderfully witty study of the Australian character, seen through the eyes of Bunyip Bluegum, the koala, and his rough-and-ready travelling companions Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff (and of course Albert, their Magic Pudding). Set at the beginning of the 20th century, it pokes fun at pomposity and stupidity, is marvellously literate and gloriously illustrated, and its humour is multi-layered. Lindsay had the great gift of entertaining his adult readers without talking over the heads of his younger readers. Read it aloud!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "hurburgh" on December 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
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It's over 80 years since this classic children's book first appeared.
With the recent release of an animated movie version, a new edition of the book will hopefully soon be in Amazon's catalog.
It's one of those books that should be read aloud. You will have to be in good voice since many of the characters often burst into song. Can a Broadway musical be far away?
The illustrations are also by the book's author Norman Lindsay, one of Australia's greatest artists of the early 20th century. Each page is graced with his masterful charcoal drawings humorously depicting the action. The pictures perfectly depict the quirky and amusing antics of the "Magic Pudding" characters.
Some young readers may find the language a little difficult. It's a combination of high Edwardian with sometimes archaic (but very colorful) slang. However it's the hilarious imagery, both written and pictorial, which will captivate children's attention.
Some of the language is almost Shakespearian but it's worth persisting. Take for example Bunyip Bluegum's burst of oratory..... " Base, indeed, must be the scoundrels, who, lost to all sense of decency and honour, boldly assume the outward semblance of worthy citizens".
Lindsay's writing includes some beautiful political social satire with observations like ... "you only have to wear a top hat to be a respected pillar of society".
No doubt the animated movie version of "The Magic Pudding" will introduce a new generation to this classic story. Hopefully many of the children (and their parents) will be encouraged to read and enjoy Norman Lindsay's original.
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