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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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This follows a group of happy little children, as they weave chains of flowers and eat their bread and milk. When I turned the first page of this little novel I thought ” Wow an Edward Gorey that’s not entirely disturbing”. Only Edward Gorey knew for sure, but this is the only book that this rare creature appears in.

Dec 07, Cooper Renner rated it really liked it. Dec 29, Amy Other Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: Published as a hardcover book with a matching dust jacket in by J.

May 09, Sulis Peri Hutan rated it liked it. This book was printed on very inexpensive acidic paper and is quite fragile now.

Dec 25, Halah Ahmad rated it really liked it. Sep 02, Quitealice rated it liked it. This is a spot where I post photos and personal observations on pieces from my Edward Gorey collection.

Wdward 15, Callie Rose Tyler rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.


The illustrations are simple, colorful, and resemble the happy drawings Mr. Oct 22, Sally rated it really liked it. Posted by ampootozote at 6: What is a Wuggly Ump?

THE WUGGLY UMP by Edward Gorey | Kirkus Reviews

This story cracked me up. Mark Gibson rated it it was amazing May 15, Trivia About The Wuggly Ump.

wugbly Really loved this one. Return to Book Page. Open Preview See a Problem? Gorey’s maternal great-grandmother, Helen St. The wuggly ump is unexpectedly upbeat for such a bizarre story.

It’s good as far as it goes, but maybe a little too short and a little too straightforward. Jul 22, nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: I let the kids read this one and they laughed and laughed at it. The kids are eaten at the end.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Gorej to Read saving…. Monday, December 1, The Wuggly Ump. 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 after his death.

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The Wuggly Ump

Of course, books by Edward Gorey are rarely happy and carefree. Such terrible, awful, monstrous things can happen on such normal seeming days! There are 3 kids and the rhyme shows them and this monster who gets closer and closer.

This story appears in Amphigorey, and is currently in print from Pomegranate Books. This gives the book a paint by number feel that is appropriate to the story, with the colored areas being flat solid tones which infill elements of the drawings.


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 Newer Post Older Post Home. No trivia or quizzes yet. Jul 30, Benja rated it liked it. This is one of my favorites of Edward’s. The Wuggly Ump by Edward Gorey. Lists with This Book. It happens to the best of us, kids.

The Wuggly Ump by Edward Gorey

Reread in Amphigorey ; reviewing separately. To ask other readers questions about The Wuggly Umpplease sign up. Nora rated it really liked it Ecward 14, Dec 21, Juanchi Maffeo rated it really liked it. Ramey Fights rated it it was amazing Dec 28, Then hell froze over and pigs flew May 01, Calista rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is printed in three colors like The Bug Bookbut the colors were added at the printing stage and not on the original wuuggly.