Jennie, a terrier, has it all — but leaves home after deciding there must be more to life. In a distant town, she learns that the Mother Goose Theatre needs a. Directed by Christopher Swann. With Cynthia Buchan, Deborah Rees, Andrew Gallacher, Neil Jenkins. Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life has ratings and reviews. Calista said: This is a darker Children’s book. The dog is not ha.
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Published May 22nd by HarperCollins first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Higglety Pigglety Pop! This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [My 88 year old mother is trying to find a Maurice Sendak book of poems that she read to us as kids. One of them had something to do with a ‘licketty, splicketty locket’ and a pocket.
I was the youngest of the group and don’t recall the poem in details. It would mean a lot to my mother to find the book.
Thanks for your help! Best, Sarah hide spoiler ]. See 1 question about Higglety Pigglety Pop! Lists with This Book. Oct 20, Calista rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a darker Children’s book. The dog is not happy with everything so she goes out to find Experience. There is also a theatre company and it turns out she wants to act. She ends up in an audition and doesn’t know it. The dog is not satisfied and she is seeking. She does end up being happy in the end.
Higglety Pigglety Pop!
It is like a child needing to leave home and make their own life. The art is stunning in this book. This is one of the most special books of my childhood, and admittedly an unusual one. This is a somewhat dark book for a child – really, it’s not meant for children. It’s about a dissatisfaction with the norm and with perfection, and the often futile quest to find “experience” and “something more.
Sendak wrote it to deal with the death of his beloved dog Hihglety. I love this book dearly and recommend it to anyone goin This is one of the most special books of my childhood, and admittedly an unusual one.
I love this book dearly and recommend it to anyone going through a mid- or quarter-life crisis. May 07, Beth rated it it was amazing. I must have higglehy this book every night before bedtime for years and years of my childhood. There’s just something so creepy and fascinating about it — I think it’s impossible to put your finger on it, but I remember being drawn to it even when there were plenty of new books to tackle.
The illustration is particularly chilling.
If it seems a little odd or completely bizarre when you first check it out, give it another chance. Sendak is a genius. I’ve had this in my collection for, um, decades, but somehow it just kept missing me.
Finally, I have grabbed it and finished reading it, though I tried to pretend it was going to go on forever because I wanted it to never end. She is the very proud owner of one round pillow upstairs and one square pillow downstairs. Her treasured possessions pigglty a bottle of eyedrops, a bottle of eardrops, some pills, a piggety and brush, and a red sweater.
But Jenny isn’t satisfied. I am di I’ve had this in my collection for, um, decades, but somehow it just kept missing me. I want something I do not have. There must be more to life than having everything! So Jenny leaves home. She learns she piigglety gain “experience” in order to get a job.
Higgleyy, she certainly never dreamed of the type of experience she would, er, experience. I was never a big Sendak fan, ppo this story is different. Jenny is a bit spoiled and more of a taker than a giver, which is why it is a good read-together for parent and child. The wee ones will learn that we must also sacrifice every once in a while. May 08, AGamble rated it piggllety liked it Shelves: This was one of my favorite books as a child and has remained so in my adult years.
It is the longest of Sendak’s works, perhaps because it covers so many themes: Jennie is based on Sendak’s own dog, Jennie, and the book was written as her memorial.
Even as a child, I rea This was one of my favorite books as a child and has remained so in my adult years. Even as a child, I read this as a version of Doggie Heaven, and it offered me great comfort when my best dog friend died, and it offers me comfort now with the passing of a great author.
For some reason, I was determined to pugglety more of Mr. Sendak’s books, hoping to find one that I could appreciate for his unique artistic style and abstract humor.
The black and white illustrations are humorous and really help to convey the strange hugglety of the story. No matter how hard I try, though, it just didn’t do anything for me.
May 08, Siskiyou-Suzy rated it it was amazing Shelves: For years and years I have tried to find a book I read as a child. It filled me with such a feeling of wonder, and I remembered that, but I couldn’t remember much else. I thought it had “yonder” in the title, but when I higglrty and searched, nothing came up.
I felt like there was a “fairy tale” or “Mother Goose” vibe, though I couldn’t place it — I had a strong recollection of Old Mother Hubbard. I thought I remembered an illustration of a girl, pogglety out over the land while sweeping a stoop For years and years I have piglgety to find a book I read as a child. I thought I remembered an illustration of a girl, looking out over the piigglety while sweeping a stoop. I remembered a moon.
I remembered she went on a journey. I have googled up and down, browsed through so many books and asked and asked and asked. Then just yesterday, at a stop at a thrift store, I looked up at the top shelf and saw something familiar: This was the book that charmed me just enough to stay with me nearly two decades later after reading it a single time; this was the book that got away, that try as I might I couldn’t find.
At first, I thought I had just made up the whole “yonder” thing, but hhigglety I reached the part with Castle Yonder, I grinned until I thought my face would fall off. And do you see all the other ways in which my memories were so so jumbled but ultimately right? And being based around a nursery rhyme! And the main character is female, if not higgletty a hibglety. And she totally looks out over the land before going on an adventure.
And those illustrations with the moon later on! And sweeping the stoop? She never did, of course, but a broom features heavily — of course I would associate a broom with the book. And Old Mother Hubbard — Jennie is a dog! I’m impressed with my memory for hanging all to all of these scraps for all these years.
Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life
Sometimes I start to think that some of the books I’m remembering never really existed because the memories are so faint and vague. Finding this book certainly gives me hopes — there are a few more out there that I’m still looking for. This book is fantastic, and what a relief to find a once-loved book higflety still love it. Oct 29, Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing.
The answer is, of course, yes. Be prepared to be astonished, delighted, and maybe a little frightened. Highly recommended for weird children of any age. Jan 17, Justyn Rampa rated it really liked it Shelves: Sendak once again creates a children’s book with very adult themes. Dissatisfaction with your life, clinging to the dream and possibility of what you could be, and what it really means to have everything. The story itself is about a pkp who has seemingly has everything but wants more.
The book is rich and densely layered with the themes.