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The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

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The Magic Pudding

The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum

by Norman Lindsay

Angus & Robertson, 1969, [New Edition], black and white illustrations throughout, illustrated frontispiece in colour, hardcover, dustjacket

Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no inscriptions, dustjacket shows some edge and shelf wear with some rubbing, chipping, closed tears, creasing and small tears to edges and corners (see photographs)

“From the time when the debonair young koala, Bunyip Bluegum, leaves home (because his Uncle Wattleberry’s whiskers blow into the soup) to join forces with Bill Barnacle the sailor and Sam Sawnoff the penguin, owners of the magic pudding, the exuberance and rich invention of the story never fail.  Norman Lindsay has an unerring instinct of the humour that really appeals to the child.  His work is completely free from the forced playfulness, the air of “writing down”, the clying sentimentality that so often spoil books for children.
Half the fascination of the book is of course in the pictures.  Only an artist of Norman Lindsay’s calibre could have created them – each wombat, possum, kookaburra, bandicoot, essentially the creature it is, yet with character in every line of its face and figure, even to the sulky little Puddin’, about whom the happy feasts, the cunning schemes, and the epic fights of the story revolve.  Every incident is illustrated.”

 

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