Books by Maurice Sendak

MY BROTHER'S BOOK by Maurice Sendak
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"The sharply felt humor and yearning that infuse both the verbal and visual narratives will kindle profound emotional responses in hearts of any age. (introduction by Stephen Greenblatt) (Illustrated poem. All ages)"
In his last finished work, Sendak tips a cap to intellectual and artistic influences, but he puts his own unique stamp on a lyrical flight that looks toward a reunion with Jack, his long-dead brother. Read full book review >
BUMBLE-ARDY by Maurice Sendak
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Edgier than Sesame's original, this contains all the layered meaning that makes Sendak's books readable over and over. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
A master reincarnates his old Sesame Street cartoon with a dark pathos and fascinating manic energy. Read full book review >
MOMMY? by Arthur Yorinks
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Readers will answer, 'AGAIN!' (Pop-up. All ages)"
Sendak's first foray into the world of pop-up books is a brilliant success. Read full book review >
BEARS by Ruth Krauss
by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Released: June 1, 2005

"Readers will relish the reappearance of the iconic Max and the recognition of their own capricious allegiances. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sendak illustrates Krauss's 1948 original with visual and thematic references to his own Wild Things, interpreting a small drama in 27 words as a tale of childhood rivalry. Read full book review >
BRUNDIBAR by Tony Kushner
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A heartbreaking, hopeful masterpiece with powerful implications for contemporary readers. (Picture book. 8+)"
This brilliant and disturbing rendition of an old Czech opera honors history in a stunning piece of art. Read full book review >
SWINE LAKE by James Marshall
Released: May 5, 1999

"The author's and illustrator's names guarantee good sales, but children are unlikely to care for this, and as a memento mori, it falters next to Marshall's The Owl and the Pussycat. (Picture Book. 8-11)"
With a connection between plot and pictures that's often fitful, this patchy star vehicle is more likely to confuse than amuse. Read full book review >
THE MIAMI GIANT by Arthur Yorinks
Released: Oct. 2, 1995

"It's a mish-mash to please both jolly giants and little people alike. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Amid great pomp, Giuseppe Giaweeni left Italy to look for China." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Once again, he explores new ground and offers a masterpiece. (Picture book. 4+)"
Harking back to Hector Protector (1965), Sendak again pairs two nursery rhymes; but this time, he penetrates deeply into society's ills in his elaborate visual extension of the words. Read full book review >
I SAW ESAU by Iona Opie
Released: June 5, 1992

"New introduction by Iona Opic; notes, nicely leavened by Sendak's characters, who reappear among them. (Folklore. 5+)"
A collection of traditional schoolyard verse, winningly grouped in 31 subjects from "Beginning of Term" to "End of Term" ("No more beetles in my tea,/Making googly eyes at me") and including not just "Insults," "Riddles," and "Nonsense" but such creative headings as "Retaliation," "Guile—Innocent," "Book Desecration," and "Lullabies—Adolescent Style"—a book originally published in Britain in 1947 and now given glorious new life. Read full book review >
OUTSIDE OVER THERE by Maurice Sendak
Released: April 22, 1981

"Whether it has the direct, elemental strength of Sendak's previous picture books is less certain."
"When Papa was away at sea/ And Mama in the arbor/ Ida played her wonder horn/ to rock the baby still/ but never watched." Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1977

"Perhaps it's Sendak's way of demonstrating that even with both hands behind his back and his attention elsewhere he's more inventive than the likes of Gackenbach and Schertle (above)—but such indifferent efforts from the king of all wild things are all the more disappointing."
Seven little monsters, in guises and postures you'll recognize from previous Sendak works, are resisted (and, at last, routed) by a nursery-rhyme village of much smaller and even more casually sketched figures—in six little pages that you might take for one of those slightly extended greeting cards. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1976

"Much as one admires Sendak's ability to be up front aboug dog do, it don't make much of a book."
Normal puppies do everything wrong" . . . so "you've got to Love! Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 1975

Based on the exuberant television special of the same name, which was itself based on The Nutshell Library and The Sign on Rosie's Door (with some illustrations reminiscent of In the Night Kitchen), this brings together script (which includes the four Nutshell rhymes), score, and stills for both those who missed the show and those who are sorry it's over. Read full book review >
IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN by Maurice Sendak
Released: Oct. 21, 1970

"AND NOTHING'S THE MATTER!' (Can it go without saying that the pictures are superb.)"
This is Maurice Sendak's comic strip apotheosis of the Thirties/ dusky dream of sensual bliss/ bim bam boom bombshell of a child-echoing picture book. Read full book review >
A KISS FOR LITTLE BEAR by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Sept. 25, 1968

"Hardly, albeit a droll vignette; have a look."
A little Little Bear book with very little of Little Bear and with illustrations shadowed by the ominous overtones of Higglety Pigglety Pop. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 1967

"In synopsis, this sounds both more and less ambiguous than it is — you can't compress the reverberations into a review, and certainly not the ominous illustrations; it may by-pass some adults because Sendak speaks directly to the elastic imagination of children."
Maurice Sendak's books have been, right along, projections of concepts rather than pictorializations of plots, so that it is almost gratuitous to hail his arrival as an author; but this tidy little package, despite its size and shape, is not a picture book, nor is it, like Hector Protector an elaboration of Mother Goose for little children - there is more to life, and his supple style matches his consummate skill as an artist. Read full book review >
THE BIG GREEN BOOK by Robert Graves
Released: June 15, 1962

"Maurice Sendak's delightful pictures add a winning note of gaiety."
A journey into the world of magical spells came about by way of the Big Green Book discovered by Jack on a solitary trip to the attic of his Aunt and Uncle's home. Read full book review >
LITTLE BEAR'S VISIT by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Sept. 27, 1961

"An I Can Read book to instill a great sense of accomplishment in beginning readers."
Under the skilled hand of illustrator Maurice Sendak and simple sensitive text, Little Bear is back again on a visit to his grandparents. Read full book review >
THE SIGN ON ROSIE'S DOOR by Maurice Sendak
Released: Oct. 12, 1960

"Maurice Sendak, both through text and illustrations, fuses the appealingly familiar with the magical in an I Can Read book of outstanding charm."
Rosie, a perfectly ordinary little girl, like all perfectly ordinary children, is filled with strange and wonderful fancies. Read full book review >
LITTLE BEAR'S FRIEND by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Sept. 14, 1960

"Pathetic fallacies abound here, but somehow in the hands of this author-illustrator team, they merely compound the charm of the story."
Once again the little bear of Else Minarik and Maurice Sendak (illustrator) proves himself to be as wistful and tender a little creature as exists in the child's library. Read full book review >
Released: April 13, 1960

"Charming, funny, sometimes wise, the text supported by the irresistible diminutive drawings of Maurice Sendak will find an appreciative audience, in many cases, among the readers at whom it is directed, and, as frequently, will be championed by their parents."
The charm of this verbal free-for-all cannot be disputed, but coming as a sequel to A Hole is to Dig, this second book by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak to some extent lacks the spontaneous charm of the first. Read full book review >
FATHER BEAR COMES HOME by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Aug. 19, 1959

"A simple but elegant vocabulary and a reassuring atmosphere of family tenderness make this an ideal selection for the apprentice reader."
Four episodes in the life of Little Bear, each abounding in that tender and gracious humor which distinguishes Else Minarik's hero from the usual run of teddy bears:- Little Bear embarks on a fishing trip, Little Bear gets and loses the hiccups, Little Bear welcomes Father Bear home from sea, and finally, Little Bear has an encounter with a mermaid. Read full book review >
NO FIGHTING, NO BITING! by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Sept. 17, 1958

"Else Holmelund Minarik whose Little Bear indicated a uniquely charming talent has outdone herself here and Maurice Sendak's illustrations reaffirm the impression that he is one of the most gifted illustrators of contemporary children's books."
Joan, a quite proper Victorian young lady, wants to read a book, but little Rosa and Will will not give her a moment's peace. Read full book review >
Released: April 2, 1958

"Side sewn and reinforced."
On the shaky foundations of words said by children Ruth Krauss has evolved inconsequential flights of fancy. Read full book review >
LITTLE BEAR by Else Holmelund Minarik
Released: Aug. 21, 1957

"A cuddly story which could be also be a boon to baby sitters at bedtime."
A primer with a soothing quality, the story of Mother Bear and Little Bear is told with repetition of simple words for fledgling first-grade readers. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 1957

"Guaranteed a hit for the 3 to 5 year olds."
David was bored. Read full book review >
VERY FAR AWAY by Maurice Sendak
Released: March 6, 1957

"Laughable on the whole and at times ticklingly funny."
The old and time honored feeling of exclusion children get when their parents are busy doing something else is given humorous form in Mr. Sendak's second book written and illustrated by himself. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 22, 1956

"The pictures are in many shades of pastel."
With help again from Maurice Sendak, here is another book of the things one dreams about rather than does- like painting the bathroom blue and sprinkling seeds all over the sunny earth and having a whole house for all one's friends. Read full book review >
KENNY'S WINDOW by Maurice Sendak
Released: June 15, 1956

"Spine cloth reenforced."
So far Maurice Sendak has been known only as an illustrator but in this he becomes equally good as an author and complements in words the poetic quality of his pictures. Read full book review >
I'LL BE YOU AND YOU BE ME by Ruth Krauss
Released: Oct. 20, 1954

"Varied type sizes keyed to text."
Ruth Krauss' imagination mellows with successive books. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1953

"Better, and closer to young imaginations than last year's A Hole Is To Dig."
Maurice Sendak's very entertaining pictures- all kind of round and angly and spidery at the same time- are perfect for Ruth Krauss's verses. Read full book review >
A HOLE IS TO DIG by Ruth Krauss
Released: Sept. 3, 1952

"What they should be is more thought provoking."
When a book of imaginative nature such as this comes along, we get all excited, expect it to be top flight. Read full book review >