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The Magic Pudding Being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and His Friends Bill Barnacle & Sam Sawnoff   By: (1879-1969)

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The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay is a whimsical and delightful children's book that takes readers on a thrilling journey filled with humor, friendship, and the magical power of a never-ending pudding.

The story revolves around the adventures of Bunyip Bluegum, a young koala who sets out on a quest to find a home and true friends. Along the way, he befriends Bill Barnacle, a sailor, and Sam Sawnoff, a penguin, forming a unique trio of characters whose camaraderie is central to the narrative.

The most intriguing aspect of this book is undoubtedly the concept of a magic pudding that never runs out, which holds a special place in the hearts and bellies of Bunyip and his companions. The pudding, named Albert, possesses an extraordinary ability to regenerate regardless of the portions consumed. This magical element adds a sense of wonder and whimsy to the plot, captivating young readers and fueling their imagination.

Lindsay's writing style is vivid, light-hearted, and packed with clever wordplay, making the book an enjoyable read for children and adults alike. His witty and humorous dialogue between the characters infuses the story with charm and keeps the readers engaged throughout. Additionally, Lindsay's brilliant illustrations, which accompany the text, capture the lively personalities of the characters and enhance the visual appeal of the book.

The Magic Pudding is not merely a whimsical tale, but it also imparts important life lessons to its readers. Friendship, loyalty, and the value of sharing are recurrent themes that underscore the adventures of Bunyip, Bill, and Sam. Through their escapades, young readers learn the importance of sticking together, appreciating their differences, and supporting one another.

One minor drawback of the book may be the occasional use of outdated language and slang, which may require further explanation to younger readers. However, this can also pose an opportunity for parents or educators to discuss historical context and expand children's vocabulary.

Overall, The Magic Pudding is a timeless classic that has enthralled generations of children with its whimsy, humor, and heartwarming characters. Norman Lindsay's storytelling prowess and captivating illustrations create an enchanting world that will leave readers craving their own slice of the magical pudding. It is a must-read for anyone seeking a charming and light-hearted adventure that will transport them to a land of endlessly replenishing desserts and everlasting friendship.

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The Magic Pudding: Being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and his friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff


Norman Lindsay

[ Bunyip Bluegum ] [ and his Uncle ] [ are koalas ] [ ]

This is a frontways view of Bunyip Bluegum and his Uncle Wattleberry. At a glance you can see what a fine, round, splendid fellow Bunyip Bluegum is, without me telling you. At a second glance you can see that the Uncle is more square than round, and that his face has whiskers on it.

Looked at sideways you can still see what a splendid fellow Bunyip is, though you can only see one of his Uncle's whiskers.

Observed from behind, however, you completely lose sight of the whiskers, and so fail to realize how immensely important they are. In fact, these very whiskers were the chief cause of Bunyip's leaving home to see the world, for, as he often said to himself

"Whiskers alone are bad enough Attached to faces coarse and rough But how much greater their offence is When stuck on Uncles' countenances."

The plain truth was that Bunyip and his Uncle lived in a small house in a tree, and there was no room for the whiskers. What was worse, the whiskers were red, and they blew about in the wind, and Uncle Wattleberry would insist on bringing them to the dinner table with him, where they got in the soup... Continue reading book >>

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