We Are All in the Dumps, With Jack and Guy

We Are All in the Dumps, With Jack and Guy

Two Nursery Rhymes With Pictures

Book - 1993
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Joins together two traditional nursery rhymes with illustrations depicting the plight and eventual triumph of orphaned and homeless children. With a benevolent moon as their guardian, Jack and Guy make their way out of the dumps, rescue a poor little kid with a black eye, and bring him home to triumph. In this, as in all his greatest books, Sendak speaks for children everywhere. They will recognize that what matters to him also matters, intensely, to them.
Publisher: [S.l.] : HarperCollins Publishers, 1993
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062050151
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill ; 21 x 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Sendak, Maurice


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DPLjosie Apr 09, 2018

What an odd little book, but my nephew (age 2) loves it. There's a lot of social commentary here that will go over a child's head. As you look at it, realize that it was published in 1993.

FindingJane Jun 01, 2016

I hadn’t seen this Sendak book before now so it was a joyful treat to lay hands on it. It is lovely to live a long life if it leads to the discovery of a Sendak manuscript that is new to you. Two unfamiliar Mother Goose Rhymes are joined together in this bittersweet story of homeless children preyed upon for a dire purpose by hungry-looking rodents. The pictures by Maurice Sendak are in his unmistakable colorful style, with children fitted with outsized hands and feet dealing with yellow-eyed, huge rats. The story begins on the front matter pages, so you’re immediately swept up in the tale of a forlorn orphan boy desperate for food, rescue and a home. Sendak’s illustrations are peppered with sly little details, the kind that make you re-read and look through the book repeatedly in order to catch them. When the rats say “Let’s play bridge” there’s an actual bridge in the background, one that will look recognizable to any New Yorker. (There’s a pictorial pun on the word “Trumped” that will cause a chuckle or two.) The newsprint the children wear or nestle under progresses from illegible scribbles to advertisements and headlines that make a deliberate counterpoint to their wretched situation. This book is witty, tender and wistful and filled with a gentle warmth of tone that fills you with hope even as it leads you back to the shabby alleyway you see in the beginning.

kimbalee Dec 30, 2010

Two traditional rhymes, joined and interpreted by Maurice Sendak.

Makes for a very strange picture book.

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