Search Results: "Maurice Sendak"


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BUMBLE-ARDY by Maurice Sendak
ANIMALS
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 >

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MY BROTHER'S BOOK by Maurice Sendak
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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ANIMALS
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 >

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OUTSIDE OVER THERE by Maurice Sendak
FANTASY
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 >

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THE BIRTHDAY PARTY by Ruth Krauss
FICTION
Released: March 20, 1957

"Guaranteed a hit for the 3 to 5 year olds."
David was bored. Read full book review >

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MOMMY? by Arthur Yorinks
FANTASY
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 >

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A VERY SPECIAL HOUSE by Ruth Krauss
FICTION
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 >

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OPEN HOUSE FOR BUTTERFLIES by Ruth Krauss
ANIMALS
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >