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Maurice Sendak picks up his pen after 30 years

8th April 2011

Popular illustrator and author Maurice Sendak has picked up his pen after more than 30 years and written a new children's book.

The 82-year-old Where the Wild Things Are author has created a new picture book that tells the story of a nine-year-old pig who has never celebrated his birthday - up until now.

Bumble-Ardy will be published this September by HarperCollins, which has described the new book as 'a wild masquerade that quickly gets out of hand'.

Interestingly, the eponymous character in Bumble-Ardy has been around since the 1970s when he appeared on Sesame Street.

On television screens, however, he was portrayed as a boy rather than a pig.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Sendak said he transmogrified the boy into an animal for the simple reason that 'boys tend, generally speaking, to be pigs'.

Sendak is famed for using animals in his books and has created a number of leading porcine characters in the past, including in his 1967 book Higglety Pigglety Pop!, Or: There Must Be More to Life.

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