The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

Still puppy, plant and house sitting in The Hunter Valley. Loving the green rolling hills and abundant wildlife – hating the heatwaves. Yes, plural. The Labrador continues to wake me up three times a night for ablutions. One of us will be popping Valium shortly and it won’t be me…

Kangaroos Across The Road

The Library at Maitland currently has a lovely exhibition as part of its Walls That Talk series, celebrating 100 years since the publication of The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay.

”At a time when children’s books were usually filled with fairy tales and whimsy, Lindsay’s tale of a quarrelsome, endlessly renewable pudding marked a complete change of pace. Lindsay complemented his playful use of Australian slang with over 100 distinctive Magic Pudding drawings.
Norman Lindsay’s timeless classic follows the adventures of koala Bunyip Bluegum, sailor Bill Barnacle and penguin Sam Sawnoff – owners of the much-desired Magic Pudding ‘Albert’ – as they try to outwit Possum and Wombat, the professional, and extraordinarily persistent, pudding thieves.
First published in 1918, it is still in print and has been translated into Japanese, German, French and Spanish as well as having been published in Britain and the United States. It is regarded as a classic of children’s literature.” – Courtesy of Maitland Library.

The Magic Pudding is right up there with The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie as Classic Australian Children’s Literature. I think everyone of a certain vintage grew up with Bill Barnacle and Albert.

I hear tell that prior to Christmas the Library was selling Xmas Puddings too. What a fun initiative.

Courtesy of Maitland Library Facebook Page

The Exhibition finishes next week. If you are in the area it is worth dropping by. You can pick up the Labrador as you go past.

3 thoughts on “The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

  1. Would love to take you up on the invite, but will wait till it cools down. I’m enjoying our cool breezes too much. Have you ever been to Norman Lindsey’s home and gardens in the blue mountains? Well worth a visit. Jack grew up with those books, being English I’d never heard of them till recently they are iconic

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    1. Pauline, I never thought that I’de say I would be pleased to be back in Brisbane for summer. I am only 2 kms from the coast at Cleveland and am so missing that breeze that allows you to sleep. I am a Sydney girl, so yes, have been to the family home in the Blue Mountains. An Australian movie from the 80’s , Sirens, was filmed there. My father in law was English also and he did not know this one, nor Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. The grand daughters sure taught him 🙂

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