Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More To Life

Stories and Pictures by Maurice Sendak

I watched a documentary, directed by Spike Jonze, entitled "Tell Them Anything You Want" in which Sendak divulges an obsession with death stemming from early experiences with the Holocaust, the Depression and his exposure to images of the Lindberg baby. The latter of which inspired the writing of this book and features his actual Sealyham Terrier, Jennie. It was made into a Motion Picture starring Meryl Streep as the voice of Jennie.

The beginning of this book opens on the life of Jennie. Jennie is no ordinary dog. She is destined for greater things. She just doesn't know what she seeks.....

The images above are essentially the first part of the story. As you can see the Baby meets a terrible demise by the hands of the lion..... Jennie travels on and stars in a play loosely based on her exploits... I don't want to give too much away, you'll have to dig up a copy and experience the story first hand. All I can say for certain is this, this book is on the existential side.


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