Edward Gorey’s mordant masterpiece The Wuggly Ump charts the fate of three wholesome children whose happy days weaving chains of flowers are cut short. “Sing tirraloo, sing tirralay, The Wuggly Ump lives far away.” That is one of my favorite beginnings to an Edward Gorey book. You just KNOW. In reference to Joey Schuster’s blog about Layla and Hobie, http://joeyschuster. com/node/32, here’s my art connection, from The Wuggly Ump.

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Anna rated it liked it Jan 21, Little care was taken to use wwuggly infill of color to any great effect. Such terrible, awful, monstrous things can happen on such normal seeming days!

Oct 22, Sally rated it really liked it. This reprint used an interior illustration and standardized type on the cover and is not nearly as attractive a book as the first edition. Gorey has been creating for John Ciardi’s books. Labels albondocani press 1 book by Gorey christmas 32 collectibles 3 exhibitions 61 fantod press 4 illustrated by Gorey 94 limited edition 12 magazine 42 miscellaneous original art postcard 7 poster 5 prints 35 reference 5 stuffed doll 16 theater and ballet Caitlin M rated it liked it Apr 15, Don’t open the door for strangers.

From tohe lived in New York City and worked for the Art Department of Doubleday Anchor, illustrating book covers and in some cases adding illustrations to the text.

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The Wuggly Ump

Aug 15, Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it Shelves: My first and favorite Edward Gorey book. Then hell froze over and pigs flew Lady Strange rated it really liked it Nov 08, In later years he illustrated many children’s books by John Bellairs, as well as books in several series begun by Bellairs and continued by other authors gofey his death.

I don’t really understand why a creature that likes to eat inanimate objects would suddenly have a craving for flesh of young humans but w When I turned the first page of this little novel I thought ” Wow an Edward Gorey that’s not entirely disturbing”. Gorey’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen St. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Meanwhile a group of children are playing merrily in the fields, weaving daisy chains and generally enjoying life. Emmanuel rated it really liked it Oct 17, The illustrations are simple, colorful, and resemble the happy drawings Mr. What’s not to like? Reread in Amphigorey ; reviewing separately. Books by Edward Gorey.

Mark Gibson rated it it was amazing May 15, Published as a hardcover book with a matching dust jacket in by J. Check out our TinyTakes review on Twitter here: Only Edward Gorey knew for sure, but this is the only book that this rare creature appears in. Dec 29, Amy Other Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: They thought it was great. But the Wuggly Ump has left its den and is heading their way Born in Chicago, Gorey came from a colorful family; his parents, Helen Dunham Garvey and Edward Lee Gorey, divorced in when he was 11, then remarried in when he was Want to Read saving….


I was envisioning a cuddly that had come to fill these children’s lives with Joy. Subscribe To Posts Atom. One of his th was Corinna Mura, a cabaret singer who had a brief role in the classic film Casablanca. Hardcover32 pages. However we all know that in Edward Gorey’s world children are not permitted to live a long happy life so along comes the Wuggly Ump to devour them whole.

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I let the kids read this one and they laughed and laughed at it. It happens to the best of us, kids. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Although he would frequently state that his formal art training was “negligible”, Gorey studied art for one semester at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago ineventually becoming a professional illustrator.

This follows a group of happy little children, as they weave chains of flowers and eat their bread and milk. This book is printed in three colors like The Bug Bookbut the colors were added at the printing stage and not on the original artwork.