We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy

Maurice Sendak


We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy

We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy

  • Title: We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy
  • Author: Maurice Sendak
  • ISBN: 9780062050144
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Hardcover



We are all in the dumpsFor diamonds are trumps The kittens are gone to St Paul s The baby is bitThe moon s in a fitAnd the houses are built Without wallsJack and GuyWent out in the RyeAnd they found a little boyWith one black eyeCome says Jack let s knock Him on the headNo says GuyLet s buy him some breadYou buy one loafAnd I ll buy twoAnd we ll bring him up As other folkWe are all in the dumpsFor diamonds are trumps The kittens are gone to St Paul s The baby is bitThe moon s in a fitAnd the houses are built Without wallsJack and GuyWent out in the RyeAnd they found a little boyWith one black eyeCome says Jack let s knock Him on the headNo says GuyLet s buy him some breadYou buy one loafAnd I ll buy twoAnd we ll bring him up As other folk doTwo traditional rhymes from Mother Goose, Ingeniously joined and interpreted by Maurice Sendak.


Recent Comments "We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy"

This is something different. Let's say, it's not a safe cozy story. This story has claws and a tale and has to be dealt with carefully. I haven't read this to the kids yet as I didn't know if it would be ok for them or not. I think I will read it and not 100% sure. This is a surrealist story with everything stretched beyond limits of recognition. The story is set in slums of poor children. Rats kidnap a child and I think these rats represent poverty and the power structure that rob us of the goo [...]

“We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy” (whew, long title name!) is a Mother Goose nursery rhyme along with illustrations by Maurice Sendak. This book tells the tale of two guys trying to save a kid and a lot of kittens from a band of shrewd rats. This book may not be a classic like “Where the Wild Things Are” and “In the Night Kitchen,” but it is still full of good humor and excitement! The nursery rhyme is surreal yet creative to read because the characters themselves are not w [...]

Weird stuff by Sendak! His inspirations? Two little known nursery rhymes by Mother Goose--"We Are All in the Dumps" and "Jack and Guy"--and seeing a homeless child on the streets of LA sleeping in a cardboard box. In Sendak's inspired hands, "The houses are built without walls" become a children's shantytown; the "baby [that's] bit" becomes a rail-thin child of color (looks a bit Ghandi-esque) who wants a family and home worse than anything. Leave it to Sendak to turn indecipherable nursery rhym [...]

The pictures are not cool and I was scared of them thoroughly. I wish that something else was published in its place. This is not the way for kids to learn about income inequality. This is not the way for adults to learn about income inequality. The moon needs to stop putting things in its mouth. I would not trust that child with Jack, especially after he thought about beating him. Someone was high.

An interesting read. I feel I missed the majority of references and didn't have the requisite knowledge to understand everything. I still enjoyed the book and grasped the main elements of what Sendak was trying to say.

Illustrator ProjectThe illustrations in this book are dark both in color and in mood. This is a melding of two nursery rhymes where Sendak has implied some themes of social injustice. I think the story is a little creepy, but so are the realities of racial and income inequality.

While sold as children's books, many of Sendak's works contain very serious topics.In this work, the author deals with the subject of homeless children.As the illustrations portray shacks, boxes, rubble and soiled clothes, the text tells the tale of Jack and Guy who reside in the squalor of New York streets. With them are a host of unnamed characters and a large litter of kittens.When a small black child asks for help, Jack and Guy say "BEAT IT!"When two large rats kidnap the kittens and the boy [...]

We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy by Maurice Sendak is a book about two nursery rhymes turned into a story. In it, two evil rats steal a litter of kittens and a young child. Jack and Guy decide to get the boy back by playing the rats in a game of cards, but end up loosing. The moon must intervene, who is also a cat, to rescue the child. After finding the child one boy thinks they should bump him the head, and the other recommends buying him some bread but eventually the child gets safely [...]

This book is about two traditional rhymes by mother goose together. On our first read we mainly found intertextual links between other stories such as Alice in wonderland, Oliver Twist and children's programmes from on childhood. However on further reading we discovered darker themes including homosexuality, homelessness, famine, poverty, racism, gambling, debt and adoption, through the use of images and newspaper cuttings. The main rhymes are written above the pictures where there is extra comm [...]

Maurice Sendak, you beautiful genius, you. We Are All in the Dumps is a weird, wonderful journey populated with mammoth rats and cats, an angry moon, and a curmudgeonly yet loveable couple of guys, Jack and Guy. The nursery rhymes Sendak used are pretty nonsensical, but they mesh perfectly with his gorgeous, fantastical illustrations.

a good book, but a little on the creepy side.

Amazing! Sparked some really deep discussions about the politics of poverty with my six-year old. A beautiful, playful, disturbing and gratifying book.

We Are All In The Dumps With Jack And Guy by Maurice Sendak is a story that combines two nursery rhymes and is interpreted by the author to represent themes used throughout the story. This is a horizontally oriented picturebook which is used to portray landscape and the events that occur in the story. The book jacket is designed in an interesting way because the author did not put the title and the author’s name on the front cover of the page but instead put it on the book. The font used is al [...]

Why these? Why did the author choose these two nursery rhythms? I really had to analyze this book to fully understand the just of what was really happening. By just reading the nursery rhyme themselves, I was lost, but by putting the words together with the illustrations and the balloon captions I was finally able to put it all together. For a picture book, I thought this was way too much work. I saw the rhythm of the words but I just didn’t care for these nursery rhymes, they were so sad and [...]

Sendak takes two almost forgotten nursery rhymes, and reinterprets them visually to depict homelessness, poverty, and other social issues. This is the story of a baby who is kidnapped by rats, and the card game in which he is won back from them, so that his family from “the dumps” can get him back to shanty town after buying him some bread, which is a better idea, naturally, than knocking him in the head. EVALUATIONThough some people think that this book is inappropriate for children, I thin [...]

I always equate Sendak with charming illustrations and cheerful stories. However, this book is not the case. It is based on Mother Goose rhymes which Sendak has interpreted and illustrated to highlight poverty and homelessness. The rhymes are short so Sendak creates more illustrations to elaborate and they are indeed very well-done, but very sad. This book offers and excellent chance to discuss such issues in a classroom setting or as a one on one with parents. Grades 4th and up.From SLJ:"Sendak [...]

"We are all in the dumps with Jack and Guy" is a book retold and illustrated by Maurice Sendak and originally by Mother Goose. The two old nursery rhymes (neither of which I had heard of before) were presented in a storybook fashion where readers fill in the blanks as to whats occurring. The front cover of the book shows the words of the nursery rhyme setting you up as a reader for whats to come. By looking at the cover art we immediately see it is a darker type of story and that it will have so [...]

The reader follows a pair of evil rats that kidnap a young child, which then leads Jack and Guy to try and win the child back. The boys loose however and the rats take the child, but then the child escapes and runs towards the two boys, but gets bitten by the evil rats. The boys use the help from the moon to rescue the child. Some of the characters where represented in two different ways for example the Moon was also the cat in the story.As an adult and educated reader, I found this children’s [...]

We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy was written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Sendak took two different nursery rhymes from Mother Goose and added a twist, creating an interesting new tale. In this story, a couple of evil rats steal a young child and the two boys, Jack and Guy, play a game of cards to win the child back. When the boys lose, the rats steal the child away. The story follows the wild and curious series of events that occur following the child’s kidnapping.The whole boo [...]

Classic Sendak. Two little known Mother Goose rhymes illustrated into a story by Maurice Sendak. Two boys, Jack and Guy, chase down a little boy and some kittens who have been kidnapped. The moon watches over the little boy and kittens, and helps Jack and Guy.This is a very bizarre book.The characters are all homeless children draped in newspapers, the bad guys are giant rats, and the moon turns into a cat. This is not a simple or easy book to understand, it takes work. This book would work well [...]

We are all in the Dumps with Jack and Guy is two nursery rhymes made into a story, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. The poem is about wicked rats who steal kittens and a young boy. Jack and Guy make a bet with the rats to get the boy back, however fail in doing so. The child follow the rats and with the help of the moon, who is also a cat, the boys find the child in the middle of a field. While one suggests they should bump him on the head, the other makes the suggestion of buying him [...]

This book is about two traditional rhymes by mother goose together. On our first read we mainly found intertextual links between other stories such as Alice in wonderland, Oliver Twist and children's programmes from on childhood. However on further reading we discovered darker themes including homosexuality, homelessness, famine, poverty, racism, gambling, debt and adoption, through the use of images and newspaper cuttings. The main rhymes are written above the pictures where there is extra comm [...]

Loved the art, but since i am not familiar with these particular mother goose tales, i just didn't love the book. But for Sendak to set the main action among homeless people is brave. I have been reading some pretty negative comments about this book. Mainly by the kinds of thought-police censors who give Christians a bad name and want to prevent children from reading Harry Potter books because of the witchcraft. They don't want their kids reading about urban poverty and homelessness. One person [...]

This two part picturebook tells a story of a homeless children and a rat kidnaps an orphan child. I think the rat is an analogy of the orphanage. I see that there are lots of political issues due to the newspaper the characters are holding and you can see the title clear while the rest are just a blur. Just watching shows or movies about orphanage, it doesn’t seem like a happy place for any children because they tend to want to run away. So, in this picturebook Jack and Guy try to recuse a lit [...]

When I was first introduced to this book I really struggled with the information that was crammed into each page. I wanted to explore each corner to find the meaning. It was overwhelming and as a result I was not enthralled, nevertheless I returned to it the other day and focused solely on the text. Gradually I absorbed more and more of the imagery and as a result I enjoyed it immensely. The layers of meaning and the context provided by a passionate instructor allowed me to get so much out of th [...]

When introduced by Stephen Colbert as a writer of children's books, Sendak replied, "I don't write children's books. I write, and somebody says, 'That's for children.'" This particular book, written in 1993, is a perfect book for our time. It is neither an adult book nor a children's book. It is a book that addresses dark social issues that can be taken lightly or can break your heart. The illustrations are gorgeous and the details sharp and pointed. I think this book should be on everyone's she [...]

This book is DEEP. Its very dark. There are several references, two obvious are of homelessness, and forgotten children. This book is definitely positioned at a specific time and place that held a lot of politically and socially charged issues. The story is narrated via caption and speech bubbles. I liked how although the book depicts some pretty tough issues, there is a silver lining and positive outlook at the end. There is a lot to say about this book, BUT, I recommend you take a look for you [...]

This was a rather eclectic mix of off-the-wall drawings and a poetic child's nursery tale. I found it interesting but by daughters thought it was strange and weird. It did cause us to talk about it but once was definitely enough for this book. I bought it as a Christmas gift but it was lost a short time later.

What is this book, exactly? I realize that two nursery rhymes are involved but I am so incredibly linear-minded that I can't wrap my mind around the full intensity of Sendak's writing and pictures. I am going to have to read and reread to fully make a decision about a. what this book is about and b. how I feel about it.

This will not be one of my favorite Maurice Sendak creation, unless I'm much mistaken and rereadings make it more charming. Jack and Guy live in the dump, as do some kittens, an ugly baby and other rough-looking, dirty, poor characters. Jack and Guy steal the kittens and the baby. But wait, Jack and Guy rescue the kittens and the baby! Oh, I'm confused!


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