In the Night Kitchen

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1971 Caldecott Honor Book
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Overview

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

Author Biography: Maurice Sendak received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for illustration, and he remains the only American ever awarded this honor. In 1983 Sendak received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, given in recognition of his entire body of work. He also received a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060266684
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Caldecott Collection Series
  • Edition description: Anniversary Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 44,541
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Maurice Sendak

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.

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.

Biography

"I never wrote a book where I taught a lesson," Maurice Sendak once bragged in an interview. Fans of his lyrical, lushly illustrated picture books know Sendak has a far more important mission. Rather than instructing his young readers in proper manners, the man who's been called "the Picasso of children's books" has been a vital, expressive voice for children's feelings.

Sendak first honed his art as an illustrator for writers like Ruth Krauss and Else Holmelund Minarek. He explored different styles of drawing and painting, influenced by sources as diverse as William Blake, Randolph Caldecott and Walt Disney.

In the '50s and early '60s, Sendak began to write his own books, and to forge his own distinctive visual style. The most popular of the works produced in what he later called his "apprenticeship period" was The Nutshell Library, a collection of four tiny books (2 1/2 by 4 inches wide) that was instantly and enduringly popular.

His first mature work, Where the Wild Things Are (1963), was a watershed both in Sendak's career and the history of children's literature. It tells the story of a boy named Max, whose mother sends him to his room without supper, calling him a "wild thing." Max makes an imaginary journey to a land of monsters, where he's crowned King of All Wild Things. But his longing for comfort and security return him at last to his room, where he finds his supper waiting for him. Some adults were dismayed by the book's ferocious-looking monsters and its belligerent young hero. "It is not a book to be left where a sensitive child may come upon it at twilight," one librarian cautioned.

Despite the warnings, Where the Wild Things Are was a huge commercial success, and was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1964. In his acceptance speech, Sendak seemed to address his critics when he said that despite adults' desires to protect children from "painful experiences," the fact is "that from their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, that fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, that they continually cope with frustration as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things."

In the following years, Sendak illustrated dozens of books, and wrote and illustrated several more of his own, including In the Night Kitchen (1970) and Outside Over There (1981), which he considered to be the second and third parts of a trilogy that began with Where the Wild Things Are. A lover of theatre, he has also designed and produced numerous operas, plays and ballets.

Though his work has sometimes been controversial, Sendak is now renowned for his ability to recall, depict and transform the painful realities of childhood into what John Gardner, reviewing one of Sendak's books, called "not an ordinary children's book done extraordinarily well, but something different in kind from an ordinary children's book: a profound work of art for children."

Good To Know

In 1948, Maurice Sendak and his brother Jack took six model toys to the toy store F.A.O. Schwarz, which they hoped would commission a set. The store turned down the toys, but offered Maurice a job as a window display designer, which he took.

Sendak wrote Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or, There Must Be More to Life, in tribute to his beloved dog. The book's protagonist, like Sendak's pet, is a Sealyham terrier named Jennie. Years later, Sendak got a German shepherd, who already had a name when he adopted it. The dog was named Max, just like Sendak's most famous character.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Maurice Bernard Sendak (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Ridgefield, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 10, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      Art Students' League

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Still a Wonderful Gift!

    This book continues to enthrall children even in this day of automation and animation. Should be on every child's bookshelf.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

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    The First Time, I Laughed All the Way Through

    This story I discovered in a Smithsonian Museum shop and was happy to see it's still popular with children at Barnes and Noble. My brother and I had a coloring book, too. <BR/><BR/>It's definately memorable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    Again! Again!

    This book is fabulous. The detail and care with which the illustrations were done is spectacular. My 2-yr old has had me read it at least 2 dozen times so far, and we've only had it a couple of weeks. The charming illustrations keep me from getting bored, too! BTW: We're not afraid of naked toddlers I guess that's why we don't live in North Dakota!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    Another Sendak classic

    Just like Really Rosey and Nutshell Library, this Sendak book is memorable because of its illustrations and its rhyming and catchy songs. Everyone who's read it remembers Mickey's trip to the baker's kitchen!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    2 Generation Favorite

    Not only was this my husbands favorite book but it was also one of my son and daughters favorites. It is a great book and lots of fun to read for the kids and adults. I would recommend this for kids of all ages.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

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    Great for the imaginative child.

    This is a great book for my 5 yr old boy. He also loves to cook so it has the extra bonus theme to it. The illustrations are very colorful & full of detail. Some may be put off by the part when the little boy falls out of his clothes (he is anatomically correct). Overall this is an engaging & fun book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    A book every parent should read to and with their young children

    I learned about In the Night Kitchen during a Childrens Literature class I was taking in college back in the 1980s. I bought it, and my young children fell in love with it immediately. We read it so many times that soon they were reading it with and to me. The illustrations are great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    my 2 year old loves this book!

    It's now in our bedtime book rotation. What's great is that my son now knows the story well enough to finish the sentences. A classic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2008

    should kids read this?

    I was shocked when I read this. Being a teacher, I do not believe this is an appropriate book for children as young as 3 as is suggested. The sexual innuendo is blatant. I am not one to read into things, and yet even I, my parents, and my fiance found this book to be disturbing. I am at a loss as to why this book has won the Caldecott Honor.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    My almost-2 year old loves this book which we originally got fro

    My almost-2 year old loves this book which we originally got from the library on recommendation from my sister in law. Our boy now will say &quot;QUITE DOWN THERE!&quot; and quote other parts of the book, he enjoys it so much and requests it most nights-- we are having to buy our own copy. I was a bit shocked at the nakedness of the boy when I first saw it (I had never heard of this book as a kid myself), but that's my hangup as an adult and not one my kid has any issues with (what toddler cares about nakedness? Kind of the point when Sendak wrote it, as is my understanding). If you have an issue with seeing the front of a little boy 2 or 3 times, you might not like this. But, I bet your kid won't notice or care about that part, and will just love the book.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Cockadoodledoo!

    My two year old loves Micky. You can hear him help read the "Quiet Down There" and "Cockadoodledoo" parts throughout the house. A fun and funny story. Micky is naked through some of the story, so be warned if such things bother you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2007

    Watch out for the illustrations

    I was excited to get this book by Maurice Sundak, he is one of my favorites, however, I was a little taken aback by the illustrations. Perhaps I'm being a bit over catious, but I felt the full frontal nudity on the little boy was a lot overboard. I was very uneasy sharing this book with my preschoolers until I drew some boxer shorts on the little boy. So parents and educators beware of the nudity in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2002

    You'll love in the night kitchen

    In The Night Kitchen By Maurice Sendak In this story a boy named Mickey goes on an adventure to the night kitchen. This is a very funny book. The pictures are my favorite thing about this book. My favorite part that happened in this story was when Mickey poured the milk in the cake batter. This is such a good book that it won Caldecott Honor. This author must be liked a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2000

    Just Buy It.

    This was one of my all-time favorites as a kid. Reviewing the artwork now as an adult, I'm every bit as impressed. Where the Wild Things Are is superb, but in my opinion this is even better (however I would not be surprised if I was in the minority in this opinion.)

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