Children will love the repetition that is used in this charming tale of a young boy's journey. One day, Little Lori decides that he wants to visit Times Square. He sets out on his own and begins by walking to the subway. When he exits the subway, however, he is not at Times Square. Trying all forms of transportation, Little Lori continues his quest; still, he ends up everywhere except where he wants to be. In frustration, Little Lori begins to cry. A slow moving turtle offers to help, and Little Lori accepts a ride on the back of the turtle. Since the turtle moves at an extremely slow pace, we can only wonder when and if Little Lori ever achieves his goal of visiting Times Square. The illustrations are done in traditional Maurice Sendak style. The text and pictures in this book were originally copyrighted in 1963 and this book and several others of Sendak have been reissued. 2001 (orig. 1963), HarperCollins, $14.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Denise Daley
Amos Vogel was born and educated in Vienna and came to America during the War. He founded Cinema 16, which was at one time the world’s largest film society, sat on international film juries, and has written and lectured on films.
In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.
He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.