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1948 Hardback
y separately published work icon The Magic Pudding : Being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and His Friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff single work   children's fiction   children's   humour   satire  
Issue Details: First known date: 1918... 1918 The Magic Pudding : Being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and His Friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff
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"The adventures of two koalas, a penguin, an old sailor and a cantankerous walking, talking pudding that is vulnerable to thieves."

Exhibitions

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Adaptations

The Magic Pudding Eleanor Witcombe , Louis McManus (composer), 1950 single work musical theatre children's

Children's musical.

The Magic Pudding Peter Scriven , 1960 single work drama children's adventure humour
form y separately published work icon The Magic Pudding Harry Cripps , Greg Haddrick , Simon Hopkinson , Morris Gleitzman , ( dir. Karl Zwicky ) Australia : Australian Broadcasting Corporation , 2000 Z956577 2000 single work film/TV children's fantasy

'Norman Lindsay's much-loved story is brought to life in this magical animated adaptation of the Australian children's classic. When his ship sinks off the South Pole Bill Barnacle (Hugo Weaving) discovers a magic pudding called Albert (John Cleese) who can talk change flavour on request and lasts forever so demands to be continuously eaten. The crew are divided over the pudding but Bill and his first mate Sam (Sam Neil) resolve to protect it. Meanwhile Bunyip Bluegum the Koala (Geoffrey Rush) sets out on an adventure to find his parents with his rough-and-ready travelling companions in tow. Their paths cross when Bunyip stumbles into the middle of an attempt by thieves to steal the everlasting pudding.'

Source: ABC Shop (Sighted 12/10/2011)

The Magic Pudding Andrew James , Sarah de Jong (composer), 2010 single work musical theatre children's

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Notes

  • Adapted for marionettes by Peter Scriven with music by Hal Evans. Produced in 1960.
  • Selected in December 2004 by the Australian public in an ABC poll as Australia's 99th favourite book.
  • Publisher's blurb for this title is on the back cover of the digitised copy of Blinky Bill Joins the Army.
  • Ranked #7 in ABC1's First Tuesday Book Club '10 Aussie Books to Read Before You Die' 2012 voting ballot.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1918 .
      image of person or book cover 2736352106594517475.jpg
      1948 Hardback
      Extent: 171p.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 1919 , 1920 , 1924 , 1930 , 1935 , 1937 , 1938 , 1940 , 1947 , 1951 , 1954 , 1958 , 1960 , 1961 , 1962 , 1963 , 1948
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Farrar and Rinehart ,
      1936 .
      image of person or book cover 1053912134713817674.png
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 159p.
      Note/s:
      • Only 90 of the 100 original drawings included (Muir and White).
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1957 .
      image of person or book cover 6166297199127476619.jpg
      Alternative title: The Magic Pudding
      Extent: 171p.
      Series: Puffin Story Books Penguin (publisher), series - publisher
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1963 .
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      1985 reprint
      Extent: 171p.
      Edition info: New ed.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 1965 , 1967 , 1968 , 1969 , 1970 twice , 1971 , 1972 twice , 1973 , 1974 , 1985
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1968 .
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      Jubilee Edition
      Alternative title: The Magic Pudding: The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum
      Extent: 171p., [8] leaves of platesp.
      Edition info: Jubilee ed.
      Description: illus.
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1972 .
      image of person or book cover 2592549787898098645.jpg
      Extent: 171p.
      ISBN: 0140300988
      Series: Puffin Story Books Penguin (publisher), series - publisher
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1975 .
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      Full Colour Ed.
      Extent: 1 vol (unpaged)p.
      Edition info: New full colour ed.
      Description: col. illus.
      Reprinted: 1979
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1987 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 171p., [8] leaves of platesp.
      Edition info: Commemorative ed.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0207156743
    • North Ryde, Ryde - Gladesville - Hunters Hill area, Northwest Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1990 .
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      Alternative title: The Magic Pudding : The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum.
      Extent: 152p., [8] leaves of platesp.
      Edition info: Revised
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0207167311
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1995 .
      image of person or book cover 6758497110053392835.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 171p.
      Edition info: Australian Children's Classic ed.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 2000 Includes rescanned original illustrations. , 1999
      ISBN: 0207183554, 0207188645 (pbk.)
      Series: y separately published work icon Australian Children's Classics (Angus & Robertson) Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1990- Z1024629 1990- series - publisher children's fiction children's
    • Mineola, New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Dover ; Dover ,
      2006 .
      person or book cover
      Extent: 137p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • 'This Dover edition, first published in 2006, is an unabridged republication of the work published by Angus and Robertson, Ltd., Sydney, Australia, in 1918' (T.p. verso).
      ISBN: 9780486452814 (pbk.), 0486452816 (pbk.)
    • Pymble, Turramurra - Pymble - St Ives area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 2008 .
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      Extent: 228p.
      Edition info: 90th Anniversary Edition
      Description: illus. (some col.)
      ISBN: 9780732284329
    • Dodo Press , 2009 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 124p.
      Note/s:
      • Published March 6 2009
      ISBN: 9781409904021
    • c
      Canada,
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Petra Books ,
      2013 .
      image of person or book cover 644053499237792534.jpg
      Alternative title: The Magic Pudding: The Bestselling Children Book
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • eBook
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      NYRB Kids ,
      2016 .
      image of person or book cover 2550830963719942265.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 184p.
      Edition info: Reprint edition
      Note/s:
      • Published 17 May 2016

        With an introduction by Philip Pullman

    • Sydney South, South Sydney area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: HarperCollins Australia , 2018 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 208p.p.
      Edition info: 100th anniversary ed.
      Description: Hard cover, slipcase.
      Note/s:
      • Published 20 August 2018.

      ISBN: 9781460756201, 1460756207
Alternative title: まほうのプディング
Transliterated title: Mahō no pudingu
Language: Japanese
    • Tokyo, Honshu,
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      Japan,
      c
      East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
      :
      Kodansha ,
      1979 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 237p.
      ISBN: 4061196065

Other Formats

  • Braille.
  • Sound recording.

Works about this Work

The Magic Pudding Can Still Make Us Laugh Even After 100 Years Jeff Sparrow , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 26 October 2018;

'A bohemian whose work was often censored, Norman Lindsay’s book of delightfully nasty characters and superb illustrations became a beloved children’s classic.'  (Introduction)

Early Australian Fantasy : Norman Lindsay's The Magic Pudding Gillian Polack , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Aurealis , no. 92 2016;
Books That Changed Me : Catriona Menzies-Pike Catriona Menzies-Pike , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 20 March 2016; (p. 16) The Sun-Herald , 20 March 2016; (p. 12)
y separately published work icon Teaching Classic Australian Children's Fiction Anthony Shaw , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2016- 15827758 2016 website prose

This Exhibition is a collection of extensive teaching resources for classic Australian children's texts. The resources are aimed at upper primary school and lower high school teachers. The collection forms part of Anthony Shaw's Learning with Literature program.

Visions and Values : The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Prizing of Picture Books in the Twenty-First Century Erica Hateley , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Canon Constitution and Canon Change in Children's Literature 2016; (p. 205-221)

'The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) administers the oldest national prize for children’s literature in Australia. Each year, the CBCA confers “Book of the Year” awards to literature for young people in five categories: Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Books and Information Books. In recent years the Picture Book category has emerged as a highly visible space within which the CBCA can contest discourses of cultural marginalization which construct Australian (‘colonial’) literature as inferior or adjunct to the major Anglophone literary traditions, and children’s literature as lesser than its adult counterpart. The CBCA has moved from asserting its authority by withholding judgment in the award’s early years towards asserting expertise via overtly politicized selections in the twenty-first century. Reading across the CBCA’s selections of picture books allows for insights into wider trends in Australian children’s literature and culture, and suggests a conscious engagement with social as well as literary values on the part of the CBCA in the twenty-first century.'

Two Sides to the Story : For Harriet Veitch , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11-12 June 2005; (p. 22)

— Review of The Magic Pudding : Being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and His Friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff Norman Lindsay , 1918 single work children's fiction
Two Sides to the Story : Against Jenny Tabakoff , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11-12 June 2005; (p. 22)

— Review of The Magic Pudding : Being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and His Friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff Norman Lindsay , 1918 single work children's fiction
The Magic Pudding 1930 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 17 October vol. 2 no. 10 1930; (p. 252)

— Review of The Magic Pudding : Being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and His Friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff Norman Lindsay , 1918 single work children's fiction
Recent Children's Books 1948 single work review
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Literary Journal , February vol. 2 no. 8 1948; (p. 425, 427-430)

— Review of The Tale of Gregory Grasshopper D. H. Gilmore , 1942 single work picture book ; Marmaduke the Possum Pixie O'Harris , 1942 single work children's fiction ; Adventure Down Under Claire Meillon , 1947 single work children's fiction ; The Vain Red Fox Franklin Moss , 1947 single work ; Timothy Tatters Ruth C. Williams , 1947 single work children's fiction ; Miranda with the Mouse Margaret Mary Pearson , 1947 single work children's fiction ; The Magic Pudding : Being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and His Friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff Norman Lindsay , 1918 single work children's fiction
A Well Seasoned Pudding Rayma Turton , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 23 no. 5 2008; (p. 24)

— Review of The Magic Pudding : Being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and His Friends Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff Norman Lindsay , 1918 single work children's fiction
Rayma Turton reviews Norman Lindsay's The Magic Pudding in light of the ninetieth anniversary edition published by HarperCollins (2008). For Turton, Lindsay 'recognised the appeal of the anarchic and the ridiculous' which he managed to capture along with 'the Australian voices of the period' (24).
A Pudding for All People David Townsend , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 30 May 2004; (p. 21)
Neither Slogging at Tuck Nor Living off the Land : Food in Australian Picture Books Robin Morrow , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Something to Crow About : New Perspectives in Literature for Young People 1999; (p. 79-95)
The author examines the different roles of food in literature. Six roles have been selected and examined, with examples from Australian picture books.
Costello Feasts on Labor's 'Magic Pudding' Jason Koutsoukis , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 22 June 2004; (p. 4)
A Bookseller Talks Shop 1930 single work prose humour
— Appears in: All About Books , 15 September vol. 2 no. 9 1930; (p. 232)
Choosing Books for Children 1930 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 5 December vol. 2 no. 12 1930; (p. 320, 322)
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