The Magic Pudding

When I was a child I was given a special book, The Magic Pudding. I remember it had a hard cover, black and white drawings, as well as some special coloured illustrations. The Magic Pudding both enthralled and frightened me. Written by Norman Lindsay in 1917, it told a tale of Bunyip Bluegum, Bill Barnacle and Sam Sawnoff, the penguin bold, and a very grouchy Puddin’. It was a most unusual pudding that could be steak and kidney, or apple dumpling or other delicious delights as long as you whistled three times and turned it around. Best of all it loved nothing better, than to be eaten. “Eat away, chew away, munch and bolt and guzzle, Never leave the table till you’re full up to the muzzle,” would say the pudding. It never ran out either, a marvellous idea really. Unfortunately though, pudding thieves were always after it, I think this must have been what I found frightening, apart from the cantankerous pudding itself. At the Royal Melbourne Botanical Gardens, there is a garden that was especially created for children. Who should be there but the heroes from The Magic Pudding. Thankfully, the Pudding Thieves are nowhere to be seen.

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The Noble Society of Pudding Owners accompanied by the Pudding

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Albert, the cantankerous pudding

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At the entrance to the children’s garden

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In the vegetable garden, the pumpkin reigns supreme

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A rather disreputable looking scarecrow

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I can quite see this gate in my garden…


29 thoughts on “The Magic Pudding

  1. That is gorgeous. I loved that book as a kid. I also had a book from Oz (sent by my aunt) which was about a little fairy like character and the Bunyip. It had brilliant pictures and in it she is repeatedly warned not to go and see Bunyip. I don’t suppose you recognise it do you? I have lost the book and would love to replace it.

  2. The Magic Pudding story a new one for me Jen , can quite see the scary side of it though to a youngster !
    Looks like the Pudding has had his nose rubbed a few times it being all shiny like that Lol

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