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    The Magic Pudding (New York Review Children's Collection) (Hardback) By (author) Norman Lindsay, Introduction by Philip Pullman

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    DescriptionThe Magic Pudding is a pie, except when it's something else, like a steak, or a jam donut, or an apple dumpling, or whatever its owner wants it to be. And it never runs out. No matter how many slices you cut, there's always something left over. It's magic. But the Magic Pudding is also alive. It walks and it talks and it's got a personality like no other. A meaner, sulkier, snider, snarlinger Pudding you've never met. So Bunyip Bluegum (the koala bear) finds out when he joins Barnacle Bill (the sailor) and Sam Sawnoff (the penguin bold) as members of the Noble Society of Pudding Owners, whose "members are required to wander along the roads, indulgin' in conversation, song and story, and eatin' at regular intervals from the Pudding." Wild and woolly, funny and outrageously fun, The Magic Pudding stands somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and The Stinky Cheese Man as one of the craziest books ever written for young readers.

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    The Magic Pudding
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Norman Lindsay, Introduction by Philip Pullman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 184
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 703 g
    ISBN 13: 9781590171011
    ISBN 10: 1590171012

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    BISAC V2.8: JUV050000, JUV019000, JUV037000
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    LC classification: PZ7.L6605 MAG 2004
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    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations
    The New York Review of Books, Inc
    Imprint name
    NYRB Children's
    Publication date
    15 November 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Norman Lindsay (1879-1970) wrote The Magic Pudding to settle an argument with a friend who claimed that children liked to read about fairies. Lindsay argued instead that they liked to read about food. The author of several novels, Lindsay was also a caricaturist, sculptor, painter, and pen-and-ink artist renowned in Australia and beyond.
    Review quote
    "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"