The Magic Pudding

Publisher: NYRB Kids
Now in paperback
 
The Magic Pudding is a pie, except when it’s something else, like a steak, or a jam doughnut, or an apple dumpling, or whatever its owner wants it to be. And it never runs out. No matter how many slices you cut, there’s always something left over. It’s magic.
 
But the Magic Pudding is also alive. It walks and it talks and it’s got a personality like no other. A meaner, sulkier, snider, snarlinger Pudding you’ve never met.
 
So Bunyip Bluegum (the koala) finds out when he joins Barnacle Bill (the sailor) and Sam Sawnoff (the penguin bold) as members of the Noble Society of Pudding Owners, whose “members are required to wander along the roads, indulgin’ in conversation, song and story, and eatin’ at regular intervals from the Pudding.” The Magic Pudding rivals The Stinky Cheese Man as one of the craziest books ever written for young readers.

PRAISE FOR

"I think it’s the funniest children’s book ever written.  One of the great strengths of the book is its illustration, by Lindsay himself. He was best known as a visual artist, producing thousands of paintings, etchings, drawings, and sculptures, but his pictures for The Magic Pudding are his best work, in my view. They are so vigorous and absurd, so strongly characterized and brilliantly detailed, that my eye delights in them still.” —Philip Pullman on his favorite children’s book, Publishers Weekly, December 2015  

The Magic Pudding ... is one of my all-time favourite children’s books – an unmissable read for anyone who has not already encountered it … The New York Review’s Children’s collection is full of such choice reprints that I would gladly have every one of their publications on my shelves.” —Kate Kellaway, The Guardian (UK)

“A robust fantasy, The Magic Pudding was first published in 1918 but shows few signs of its age...[a] quirky tale about the adventures of Bunyip Bluegum, an irrepressible, polite young koala. He meets various eccentric characters who bust into song and rhyme. In the introduction to the new edition, Philip Pullman...calls Lindsay’s work ‘the funniest children’s book ever written’...You can feel Lindsay carried away on the wings of his own energy.”—USA Today

“Philip Pullman’s favourite book … satirical, wise and brilliantly illustrated by Lindsay” —The Sunday Times (UK)
 
“The illustrations are great fun, the characters burst into comic verse at the drop of a hat, and it’s hard to resist.”—The Horn Book Magazine