Title: In the Night Kitchen
Publisher: Harper & Row , [New York]
Publication Date: 1970
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Linen, with full-color illustration mounted to upper board; full-color illustrated dust jacket. Spine tips and corners gently rubbed, otherwise book is fine, appearing new. Dust jacket likewise nice and bright, just a little rubbed along the edges, with small closed tear at top edge of rear panel; a later issue, no printed price, and with a Caldecott Medal. Bookseller Inventory # D6700
Synopsis: The story of Mickey's nighttime adventure in the baker's kitchen is "a highly original dream fantasy (with) deliciously playful illustrations (and a) chantable, easily remembered text. Pure delight for young children."--Booklist. Full-color illustrations.
Review: 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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