Maurice Sendak’s first solo escapade since 1981's Outside Over There

For the past thirty years, Sendak has been collaborating with other writers, illustrating old texts, designing sets and costumes for opera and ballet productions, creating advertisements and book and magazine covers. Now he has created a new picture book, Bumble-Ardy. Its piglet main character is based on an early Sesame Street animated short created by Sendak and his friend Jim Henson. In his new book, Sendak “revisits his long-standing preoccupations with childhood outsider-hood and saving-grace resilience, but with a new twist of extravagance taken straight from the operatic playbook of Giuseppe Verdi.” Read more in Leonard S. Marcus’ interview with the 83 year old living legend.