The Magic Pudding: The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum

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The adventure of those splendid fellows Bunyip Bluegum, Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff, the penguin bold, and of course their amazing, everlasting, and very cantankerous puddin A very unusual pudding it is indeed. Whistle three times, turn it round and it's steak-and-kidney if that's what you fancy, or hot jam rolls, or delicious apple dumpling. Its manners are appalling, but it tastes so good! And it loves, just loves, to be eaten: Eat away, chew away, munch and bolt and guzzle, Never leave the table till your full up to the muzzle it rudely urges the Noble Order of Puddin 97 Owners, and of course the three members are delighted to oblige. But a secret like a magic pudding is hard to keep, and envious eyes of professional puddin 97thieves are on the brave trio and their prize. The puddin 97thieves are cunning and master of disguise, but no match in the end for the even greater ingenuity of righteous puddin 97owners. Ages 8+

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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 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

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Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) was born in Victoria, Australia, the fifth of ten children, several of whom grew up to be artists. At age seventeen, he left home and traveled to Melbourne, where he found work as an illustrator. Famously prolific in many mediums, Lindsay produced countless oil paintings, drawings, etchings, and watercolors, as well as eleven novels. He was famous, too, for the countless controversies he happily provoked throughout his long life. As his granddaughter later explained: “He fought the wowsers, he fought the hypocrites, the people that were going to stop and stifle creative freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of thought.”
        Norman Lindsay’s home is now a museum of his works run by Australia’s National Trust. After entertaining generations of young Australians, The Magic Pudding is recognized as a classic of children’s literature, and in 2000 a sculpture of Bunyip Bluegum and friends (including the Puddin’ itself) was unveiled as the centerpiece of the children’s garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.

Philip Pullman is the author of the trilogy His Dark Materials, the third book of which, The Amber Spyglass, was the first children’s book to win the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in the UK. He spent part of his childhood in Australia, where he first encountered The Magic Pudding. He now lives and works in Oxford, England.

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9780207157066: The Magic Pudding The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barbacke & Sam Sawnoff (Bluegum paperback)

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ISBN 10:  0207157065 ISBN 13:  9780207157066
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