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The Art of Maurice Sendak
     

The Art of Maurice Sendak

by Selma G. Lanes, Robert Morton
 

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Creator of Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and other illustrations for dozens of other memorable children’s books, Maurice Sendak ranks among the best-known, best-loved artists in America. For nearly 30 years, he has spoken to the child-mind in young and adult alike. A perennial best-seller, he is

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Creator of Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and other illustrations for dozens of other memorable children’s books, Maurice Sendak ranks among the best-known, best-loved artists in America. For nearly 30 years, he has spoken to the child-mind in young and adult alike. A perennial best-seller, he is winner of both the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and the Caldecott Medal.

Sendak’s life and work are explored in affectionate detail in this charming, fun-filled book, containing 94 full-color illustrations and over 165 black-and-whites. Author Selma Lanes has drawn upon many conversations with him as well as three years of formal research and interviews to write this biography. Easy and intimate, it is enhanced by perceptive quotations from Sendak himself, who cooperated fully in the book’s preparation.

Appropriate to Sendak’s feeling that books should be playful, this book contains a full-color facsimile of the tiny mock-up that he first made for the story that would become Where the Wild Things Are. In addition, there are glimpses of the artist’s private world in fantasy sketches, photographs of a group of mechanical toys he designed, and three full-color fold-outs of works from books and films as they’ve never been seen.

Here is a unique world of imagination, straight from the wonderfully creative mind of Maurice Sendak.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810916005
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1980
Pages:
278

Meet the Author

Selma G. Lanes, formerly editor-in-chief of Parent’s Magazine Press, is author of Down the Rabbit Hole, a perceptive analysis of children’s literature and illustrators. A respected critic, she frequently reviews children’s books for The New York Times and other journals.

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