Sendak, Maurice In the Night Kitchen

ISBN 13: 9780060254896

In the Night Kitchen

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1971 Caldecott Honor Book
Notable Children's Books of 1940--1970 (ALA)
Best Books of 1970 (SLJ)
Outstanding Children's Books of 1970 (NYT)
Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1970 (NYT)
Children's Books of 1970 (Library of Congress)

Carey-Thomas Award 1971--Honor Citation
Brooklyn Art Books for Children 1973, 1975

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Three look-alike bakers pursue their culinary art while most children are asleep. Young children are entranced by the trio of cooks, who are dead ringers for the comedian Oliver Hardy. From the author of "Where the Wild Things Are" which won the Caldecott Medal in 1964.

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When asked, Maurice Sendak insisted that he was not a comics artist, but an illustrator. However, it's hard to not notice comics aspects in works like In the Night Kitchen. The child of the story is depicted floating from panel to panel as he drifts through the fantastic dream world of the bakers' kitchen. Sendak's use of multiple panels and integrated hand-lettered text is an interesting contrast to his more traditional children's books containing single-page illustrations such as his wildly popular Where the Wild Things Are.

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