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With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin's bride.

With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin's bride.

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Overview

With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin's bride.

With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin's bride.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Books 1981
Ida tumbles into a magical world to recover her lost sister and, in the process, makes discoveries about herself and those she loves. Hauntingly illustrated by a master storyteller and artist.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
In this book, Sendak explores the conflict of an older child for younger siblings. Ida is in charge of her baby sister. When the baby is kidnapped by goblins, Ida undertakes a difficult journey to another world to recover her. The heroine's resourcefulness, courage, and love help her to prevail.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064431859
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/1989
  • Series: Caldecott Collection Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 115,535
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.00 (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 May 16, 2011

    This books has amazing illustrations!

    This illustrations in this book are amazing. This author/illustrator is best known for his award winning Where the Wild Things Are- but this drawings in this book are truely beautiful. You can really tell that a great amount of thought, patience and precision. While I love the illustrations I thought the story itself was a little weird. It is intriguing though and keeps you on your toes wondering what is going to happen and if she will be able to get her sister back.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2008

    Great book to grow up with

    Wonderful artwork. Get hardcover as these books are meant to be passed down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    Oh Ida, watch your baby sister closely.

    Maurice is known as the Picasso of children¿s books. Maurice says ''They are all variations on the same theme: how children master various feelings - danger, boredom, fear, frustration, jealousy - and manage to come to grips with the realities of their lives.'' During Maurice¿s career, he has illustrated more than six dozen children¿s books. He is known for some of his picture books especially Where The Wild Things Are. The theme of the book is about a sister¿s feelings toward her younger sibling, and expressing them efficiently instead of an selfish love. Papa was at sea and mama was at the arbor, so Ida played her horn to help her sister fall asleep. However, she never kept a close eye on her so the goblins came and took her sister away. The book states ¿So the goblins came. They pushed their way in and pulled baby out, leaving another all made of ice. Will she ever see her sister again and what happens when papa sends his letter? Outside Over There I would recommend readers to read it because it is good to read different books by the same author. The book was good, but it was not one of my favorites. The reading level of the book is third year, sixth month.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    highly recommended

    Outside Over There is a Sendak classic. I bought this for my grandson, because I didn't want to give up the copy I had bought for my children. A beautiful story of a sister who rescues her baby sister from a land far away, the illustrations bring such life to the story. Sendak's illustrations never fail to please & this is a must have book for any child's library

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  • Posted October 19, 2009

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    Not the Classic

    I didn't enjoy this book as much his other classic "Where The Wild Things Are." It was difficult to follow at times and the story is a little bizarre.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    Uniquely Wonderful Children's Classic

    The story was so spellbinding, it was a bit suspenseful, it kept me wondering how the girl was going to get her baby sister back from the goblins (especially since the goblins looked just like her baby sister).
    The illustrations are gorgeous and so realistic looking (in a classic way), it's truly beautiful. My kids have read this book numerous times, the writing is large and simple enough for early-learning readers, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2002

    My favorite childhood book!

    This is one of my favorite childhood books. It's a wonderful story, with beautifully illustrated pictures.

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