Mommy?

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Maurice Sendak's first pop-up book!

They're all here! Everybody's favorite monsters are just going about their business when a plucky little boy wanders into their cuckoo house. And what does he want? He wants Mommy!

No matter how scary these monsters are, there's no besting a little boy who's looking for his mommy. In one hilarious pop-up extravaganza after another, this kid...

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Overview

Maurice Sendak's first pop-up book!

They're all here! Everybody's favorite monsters are just going about their business when a plucky little boy wanders into their cuckoo house. And what does he want? He wants Mommy!

No matter how scary these monsters are, there's no besting a little boy who's looking for his mommy. In one hilarious pop-up extravaganza after another, this kid shows them a thing or two.

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Editorial Reviews

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Maurice Sendak and Matthew Reinhart have created this pop-up tour de force that follows a brave little boy as he wanders through a monster-filled house, searching for his mommy. From Frankenstein to the Wolf Man, the extraordinary 3-D creatures try their best to scare the smiling tyke, but he marches on, mischievously moving past each one. Featuring few written words, this charmer combines Sendak's distinctive illustrations with Reinhart's ingenious paper engineering and abounds with charming humor, stunning artwork, and plenty of not-too-frightening fun. This is one delightful book that will sit well with kids of all ages.
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PW Starred Children who get the better of monsters are a Sendak specialty, fromWhere the Wild Things Are toBrundibar . In this light bite of spine-tingling fare created by Sendak, Yorinks (Hey, Al ) and Reinhart (Encyclopedia Prehistorica )-sort of a dark twist onAre You My Mother- -a mischievous boy addresses the title question to some unmaternal characters. Sendak's quintessential black-haired boy (with a strong resemblance to Mickey), wearing blue PJs and a red cap, wanders into a haunted house and naively calls, "Mommy-" Stylized, softened characters fromNosferatu and Lon Chaney creature features unfold in 3-D to menace the child, but the boy might as well be saying, "Trick or treat-", because he pulls pranks on everyone. A tall Frankenstein's monster gets ready to stomp on him; in a gatefold at the right-hand side of the spread, the disarming toddler jerks the bolts from the startled monster's neck. On a brick roof, the boy surprises a werewolf and a green goblin; the gatefold reveals the boy yanking down the Wolf Man's jeans to reveal silly boxer shorts, while the goblin giggles. In Reinhart's neatest engineering feat-a spinning dowel-and-string contraption-the not-so-harmless boy spins the white wrappings off an Egyptian "mummy." The title is the book's only word until the conclusion, when the Bride of Frankenstein at last replies to the child's question. Although the illustrious creators' do not appear until the back cover, readers cannot miss Sendak's signature graphic style. These gags are not too serious, but the suspenseful setups pointedly suggest humor's power over fear. All ages.(Sept.)

Kirkus Starred Sendak's first foray into the world of pop-up books is a brilliant success. After Yorinks sets up the Are You My Mother? theme with a twist, Sendak makes it his own, and Reinhardt adds the surprises as a little Mickey-like boy moves through a haunted house, from monster to monster, looking for his mother. None of the ghouls stands a chance against the mischievous tyke, as he unscrews Frankenstein's monster's bolts, pulls down the werewolf's pants and spins the Mummy in its own wrapping. This last action makes the most effective use of the pop-up possibilities: When the gatefold is opened, the creature actually spins on a dowel pulled by the boy. The combined talent of Sendak,
Yorinks and Reinhardt offers some of the best art and artistry in the genre: As each page is opened,
the spread is filled with multiple pop-ups of everything from a bag of “hands” to a snake poking out of a basket, as well as a side gatefold, also a pop-up, illustrating each monster's undoing. The text is only one word–“Mommy?”–until she is found in a surprise ending and answers–you guessed it–
“B-A-B-Y!” Readers will answer, “AGAIN!” (Pop-up. All ages)

Booklist Gr. 1–3. As suggested by the author credit, “Scenario by Arthur Yorinks,” Sendak's first pop-up book is more situation than story, but it's a situation well matched to the artist's cherished themes and darkest sensibilities. The mostly wordless tale features a pajama-clad toddler, who seeks his mother in a graveyard crypt (the titular query, set within speech balloons, comprises most of the text), encountering a series of Halloween-themed Wild Things along the way. The ambiguous ending, suggesting either a joyful reunion or an imminent babynapping by a zombielike Bride of Frankenstein, is as twisted, in its way, as the crying pig trussed up beneath a staircase on the first spread–a perverse, mostly hidden detail that will either horrify or amuse those who discover it. Although contributions by paper engineer Matthew Reinhardt offer some whimsical moments, Sendak's staunchest fans may object to the way the mechanics fracture the artwork, compromising their idol's sure lines and celebrated design sense. Still, the combination of a legendary ill

Publishers Weekly
Children who get the better of monsters are a Sendak specialty, from Where the Wild Things Are to Brundibar. In this light bite of spine- tingling fare created by Sendak, Yorinks (Hey, Al) and Reinhart (Encyclopedia Prehistorica)-sort of a dark twist on Are You My Mother?-a mischievous boy addresses the title question to some unmaternal characters. Sendak's quintessential black-haired boy (with a strong resemblance to Mickey), wearing blue PJs and a red cap, wanders into a haunted house and naively calls, "Mommy?" Stylized, softened characters from Nosferatu and Lon Chaney creature features unfold in 3-D to menace the child, but the boy might as well be saying, "Trick or treat?", because he pulls pranks on everyone. A tall Frankenstein's monster gets ready to stomp on him; in a gatefold at the right-hand side of the spread, the disarming toddler jerks the bolts from the startled monster's neck. On a brick roof, the boy surprises a werewolf and a green goblin; the gatefold reveals the boy yanking down the Wolf Man's jeans to reveal silly boxer shorts, while the goblin giggles. In Reinhart's neatest engineering feat-a spinning dowel-and-string contraption-the not-so-harmless boy spins the white wrappings off an Egyptian "mummy." The title is the book's only word until the conclusion, when the Bride of Frankenstein at last replies to the child's question. Although the illustrious creators' do not appear until the back cover, readers cannot miss Sendak's signature graphic style. These gags are not too serious, but the suspenseful setups pointedly suggest humor's power over fear. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
An appealing Sendak youngster seeks his mother in a mysterious castle. No text is needed beyond his title question, "Mommy?" set in yellow speech balloons—flame enough to light the dark interiors. As we turn the pages following his entrance, each double page depicts a classic frightening character, each more threatening than the last, rising off the page to try to shock our hero. But inside each fold-in on the right-hand side, our young seeker deals cleverly with his confronter. A fanged Dracula is pacified with, yes, a pacifier. Frankenstein's creation is manipulated. The mummy is spun and unwound. And the werewolf is caught with his pants down. Finally, as all rise together, our hero is greeted by the open arms of the Bride of Frankenstein as she exclaims, "Baby!" Every scene is filled with multiple, delectable details guaranteed to command attention, perhaps as much for the complex, efficient paper engineering as for Sendak's imaginative objects and rib-tickling, creative portraits.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-This pop-up tour de force abounds with humor, vibrant artwork, and visual fireworks. A sweet-faced tyke, attired in a sky-blue onesie and fuzzy hat, toddles into a creepy house. Unperturbed by his gruesome surroundings, he encounters one monster after another, calmly asking each, "Mommy?" Although the creatures try their best to scare him, the child's unwavering smile and mischievous actions quickly clarify who's in charge. The youngster corks a ghoul's fang-filled mouth with a pacifier, removes the bolts from Frankenstein's neck, unwraps a startled mummy, and pulls down a werewolf's pants before making his way to the welcoming arms of Frankenstein's bride ("Baby!"). Masterfully illustrated in Sendak's familiar style and muted palette, the almost-wordless pages are chock-full of skeletons, mysterious lab equipment, and strange vessels brimming with unidentifiable contents. Amusing details include a framed baby picture of a dour-faced, diaper-clad Frankenstein and the werewolf's bright-yellow boxers. Each three-dimensional spread features an additional foldout pop-up, adding another element of surprise. The effects are delightful, as characters burst from hiding places with limbs flailing, heads move and eyes open and close, and the mummy-complete with shoelace bandages-spins around and around as the boy tugs a loose end. A fun, not-too-frightening romp that's loaded with child appeal.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sendak's first foray into the world of pop-up books is a brilliant success. After Yorinks sets up the Are You My Mother? theme with a twist, Sendak makes it his own, and Reinhardt adds the surprises as a little Mickey-like boy moves through a haunted house, from monster to monster, looking for his mother. None of the ghouls stands a chance against the mischievous tyke, as he unscrews Frankenstein's monster's bolts, pulls down the werewolf's pants and spins the Mummy in its own wrapping. This last action makes the most effective use of the pop-up possibilities: When the gatefold is opened, the creature actually spins on a dowel pulled by the boy. The combined talent of Sendak, Yorinks and Reinhardt offers some of the best art and artistry in the genre: As each page is opened, the spread is filled with multiple pop-ups of everything from a bag of "hands" to a snake poking out of a basket, as well as a side gatefold, also a pop-up, illustrating each monster's undoing. The text is only one word-"Mommy?"-until she is found in a surprise ending and answers-you guessed it-"B-A-B-Y!" Readers will answer, "AGAIN!" (Pop-up. All ages)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439880503
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 621,419
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Maurice Sendak
Matthew Reinhart is a renowned paper engineer and bona fide STARS WARS aficionado. He created the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling STAR WARS: A POP-UP GUIDE TO THE GALAXY with Lucasfilm, published by Orchard Books. He also created DC SUPER HEROES: THE ULTIMATE POP-UP BOOK and MOMMY? by Maurice Sendak. He has worked with Robert Sabuda on many fantastic pop-up titles such as THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ; ABC DISNEY; the Encyclopedia Mythologica trilogy; and the Encyclopedia Prehistorica trilogy. He lives in New York City.

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 26, 2012

    Wonderfully complex pop-ups

    Sendak lives on in his books, and this one is classic Maurice, playful, comic,beautifully excited. Add the marvelous complexity of the pop- up engineering and this is a wonder.
    The book is very fragile though, a child would need supervision.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    This book is the best.

    Takes the scary out of monsters. My grandkids and nephew "read" it over and over. There are only two words: mommy and baby but the pop-ups inspire giggles and lots of imaginative conversation!!!

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