It’s time for me to take a break from failing horribly at Grand Theft Auto V. (No, seriously, why are the driving controls so sensitive?! Why does everyone insist on shooting me in the face?!) So, here’s a little review of a little book. My first of, hopefully, many this year!
Warning: Spoilers ahead!!!
Author: Maurice Sendak
Higglety Pigglety Pop! is a short story about a dog named Jennie who is dissatisfied with her current life, despite the fact that she has everything. She wants to venture out and see if there is more to life than what she has. After discussing her desires and plans with the houseplant in the windowsill, and then eating said houseplant, Jennie packs up all her belongings and leaves her cushy home and (presumably) loving human companions for parts unknown.
She meets several animals along the way who give her advice. And food. So much food. Because the thing is… Jennie doesn’t stop eating. Anything has the potential to be a tasty meal for this dog.
Her first encounter is with a pig wearing signboards, advertising the need for a new leading lady for the World Mother Goose Theatre, but that role requires experience, which Jennie, sadly, lacks. So she journeys, eating her way across the land, seeking experience. As she goes, she loses the items she brought from home, eventually ending up with nothing, but experience. That experience, rather than being, like, acting experience or something, is just general life experience. She sought out and found an interesting experience to put on her resumé. In the end, she got the lead in the play, which was just about a character who ate everything in sight.
This was a bizarre little book and I’m pretty sure I missed the point, if there was one. There didn’t seem to be much of a moral lesson, which I would expect with a story like this. Maybe that experiences are more valuable than material possessions? Maybe to not be afraid to go after what you want even if it means leaving your safety net behind?
I think I was too distracted by Jennie constantly eating everything.
Meh. It was a cute story and the illustrations were nice. If you find it at the library or for cheap, it might be worth picking up. It’s by the same guy who did Where The Wild Things Are, which I haven’t read, but is apparently fantastic. So if you’re into Sendak’s other works, you might like this?
As for me, I will be donating my copy to the local thrift shop.
(The fact that it took me over TWENTY YEARS to get around to reading this book should give you an idea of how often I read and why this goal of reading all my books is so necessary. I have entire shelves of books that have been collecting dust for years! It is time. One down…)