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Join The Big Wild Rumpus

A ‘Big Wild Rumpus’ is about to take place at Aberdare Library, and you are invited along to join in the fun!

The Council is delighted to host the FREE event on Saturday, June 13 as part of Children’s Arts Week 2015. It will also form part of the ‘Yaberdaberdare’ family festival in Aberdare town centre on the same day.

The Big Wild Rumpus is a nationwide campaign to celebrate the nation’s love of the classic Maurice Sendak book Where The Wild Things Are, which was first published in 1963.

Cllr Joy Rosser, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Libraries and Heritage, said: “The Big Wild Rumpus at Aberdare Library will allow the younger members of our community to unleash their inner wild thing as they take part in fun activities such as a noisy workshop.

“They will also be encouraged to make musical instruments - the noisier the better.

“For many children, it will also be the perfect opportunity to introduce them to this book, which has entertained generations of young readers.”

Children’s Art Week 2015 is a UK-wide celebration of the visual arts for children and young people.

Author Maurice Sendak wrote and illustrated the book, which follows the exploits of Max, a young boy who ‘rages’ against his mother who sends him to bed without any supper.

The Big Wild Rumpus at Aberdare Library will also feature a story-telling session with acclaimed poet Mike Church, along with the chance to make your very-own Wild Thing finger puppets.

Those taking part will perform their ‘Big Wild Rumpus’ on the main stage at the Yaberdaberdare event outside Aberdare Library at around 11am.

Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Jewish-Polish parents in 1928 and his own childhood was affected greatly by the death of many of his family members during the Holocaust. He died in 2012, age 83.

The ‘YabberdaberDare 2015’ event is being organised by the Aberdare Business and Tourism Association, supported by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.

The Big Wild Rumpus takes place at Aberdare Library on Saturday, June 13, from 10am until 12.30pm. All are welcome