Maurice Sendak is famous for his picture books "Where the Wild Things Are", "In the Night Kitchen" and "Outside Over There". Over the past twenty-five years, he regularly published essys and reviews about a number of writers and illustrators whose work he admires. The subjects of his appreciation range from George MacDonald, Beatrix Potter and ...
Maurice Sendak is famous for his picture books "Where the Wild Things Are", "In the Night Kitchen" and "Outside Over There". Over the past twenty-five years, he regularly published essys and reviews about a number of writers and illustrators whose work he admires. The subjects of his appreciation range from George MacDonald, Beatrix Potter and Randolph Caldecott to Margot Zemach, Harriet Pincus and Edward Ardizzone; from Maxfield Parrish, Walt Disney and Lothar Meggendorfer to Jean de Brunhoff, Mother Goose and Hans Christian Andersen. In these essays, and in autobiographical essays and interviews, Sendak voices his opinions on aspects of his "battle-ground", the world of the picture book. In an essay entitled "The Shape of Music" he examines the subtle ways in which music has influenced his own pictures. He also pinpoints misunderstandings about the origins of some "children's literature"; he describes how the public have misinterpreted Andersen, admiring him "only for the least part of his genius"; he bemoans the "adult censorship of subjects" and blames mid-19th century parents, who confined Meggendorfer, the Grimms and Mother Goose to the nursery, for creating the "artificial world of the juvenile book". Maurice Sendak is winner of the Caldecott Medal (1964), the Hans Christian Andersen Illustator's Medal (1970) and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (1983).
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Publishers Weekly, 1988-09-16 This seems to be the year of Maurice Sendak. On the heels of Dear Mili comes this slim anthology of his essays and musings on writing and illustrating for children. It reveals a formidable intelligence, and a remarkable degree of empathy with fellow toilers in what is too often regarded as a somewhat lesser field of endeavor: as if writing and drawing for children were a distinctly second-best activity. Without being weighty about it, Sendak shows the degree of imagination, craft and humanity that goes into the best of this work. There are notably generous appreciations of well-known artists like Randolph Caldecott, Beatrix Potter and Jean de Brunhoff, and sharp-eyed essays on Andersen, the ``Mother Goose'' tradition and the best and worst of Walt Disney. There are also more ephemeral pieces like award acceptances, interviews and brief prefaces to booksthough almost none is without some worthwhile observation. What comes through above all is Sendak's open-hearted admiration for craft and respect for true, ageless imagination. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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