Search Results: "Maurice Sendak"


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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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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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THE SIGN ON ROSIE'S DOOR by Maurice Sendak
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
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 >

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SEVEN LITTLE MONSTERS by Maurice Sendak
FANTASY
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 >

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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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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 >

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A HOLE IS TO DIG by Ruth Krauss
NONFICTION
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 >

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FICTION
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 >

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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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I'LL BE YOU AND YOU BE ME by Ruth Krauss
FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 1954

"Varied type sizes keyed to text."
Ruth Krauss' imagination mellows with successive books. 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 >