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Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Magic Pudding turns 93!

One of Australia's best-loved children's books - The Magic Pudding: Being The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff by Norman Lindsay - turns 93 this year.

It's a book close to my heart, as it formed a part of my childhood library and captured my imagination in a way few other books did.

Talking koalas, a self-replenishing cheeky pudding, a pants-wearing penguin and a salty old sailor hit the road to see the world, but when Albert, the pudding, is taken by 'pudding thieves' - a wily wombat and possum - his friends Bunyip Bluegum, Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff are forced to launch a rescue mission.

A special 90th anniversary edition of the book has been released with a special afterword by his granddaughter Helen Glad. The original black-and-white artwork has also been rescanned.

The book has inspired an animated movie, a stamp, and a play, but most importantly it has fired many a young imagination.

By RR with 1 comment


It certainly has fired many imaginations - not to mention appetites. Whenever I look at the cover of this book I get hungry.

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