In the Night Kitchen

In the Night Kitchen

by Maurice Sendak

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In The Night Kitchen (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
readingissharing More than 1 year ago
This book continues to enthrall children even in this day of automation and animation. Should be on every child's bookshelf.
serviceKP More than 1 year ago
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.

It's definately memorable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.)
tmarks on LibraryThing 1 days ago
The most challenged picture book is about a little naked boy who falls into a world called the night kitchen, as he makes his way home he has to help the bakers bake a cake or be made into a cake himself!
brandaman on LibraryThing 4 days ago
VERY weird! I have no idea why this was written
Nhritzuk on LibraryThing 4 days ago
The illustrations were very entertaining. I like that they looked somewhat like a comic book with the text boxes and speech bubbles. I must admit it was a little strange that Mickey lost his clothing in this dream and that he ended up in a milk jar.
brittneydufrene on LibraryThing 4 days ago
It is hard to believe that this book has been banned! Only because the little boy shows little nudity. But if you realize the book is just the imagination of child's dream, you realize that it really is not that bad. Yes, maybe this is not a good book for lower levels of reading because the fact they are not mature enough yet. But, that should not make it banned from everyone! I totally disagree with banned books. "Freedom of Speech"
abruser on LibraryThing 4 days ago
"In the Night Kitchen" is about a young boy name Mickey that falls asleep one night and ends up mysteriously falling into the night kitchen where he finds three bakers making a cake. Mickey creates an airplane out of the dough and flies to retrieve some milk. The next day when Mickey wakes up there is cake for breakfast and everyday thereafter. The book bridges reality and fantasy into an interesting and fun story for young children.
conuly on LibraryThing 4 days ago
This is a strange book, and there is some (more or less) gratuitous nudity, but my nieces and I love it.They love the dream city made of cooking stuff, and they love the idea of being confused for milk (how silly!) and they love that we have "cake, every morning".
kidlit9 on LibraryThing 4 days ago
A silly tale of how Mickey gets milk for the bakers so there will be bread and cake for breakfast
marciaskidslit on LibraryThing 4 days ago
The story teaches how dreams are extensions of our imagination. It also teaches that people, such as bakers, work through the night while we are sleeping just so that we can have freshly baked cakes when we wake up. This book beautifully illustrates every child¿s dream of tumbling into an imaginary place. Illustrations are drawn as cartoons. The text is written in all upper case letters similar to a comic book or graphic novel. In the Night Kitchen is a 1971 Caldecott Honor book. It is frequently challenged because of Mickey¿s nudity and is listed as #25 on the American Library Association¿s 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000.
astults on LibraryThing 4 days ago
It was a silly story but probably won't be something that stays with me. I didn't like or dislike it. This is probably a good book for me to read with my nephews. Younger kids will like the rhythm of the words. Each page has detailed drawings. I was much more interested in the buildings than in Mickey's nudity. The buildings have kitchen utensils on them and words commonly found in pantries on the containers of baking ingredients. They are very fanciful.
bestwhensimple on LibraryThing 4 days ago
This book is Maurice Sendak's fanciful version of how we get cake every morning. Mickey, the young boy who falls into the Night Kitchen during a dream, helps get milk for the bakers who mix, beat, and bake the cake batter for our benefit. The entire story is dream-like, as are the wonderful muted watercolor and ink illustrations that mix reality and fantasy. The swirling strokes of Sendak's brush add to this dream-like quality as well. These illustrations helped this book win a Caldecott Honor, an award that I think was aptly awarded to Sendak. Although this book depicts a naked young boy (one reason why it has been challenged by parents and administrators), the simple and lyrical writing style is appropriate for children and the adults that read to them. I'd highly recommend it to readers who enjoyed Sendak's most famous book, Where the Wild Things Are, as both books explore what happens to children in their dreams. And besides, In the Night Kitchen is also an interesting way to explain how baked goods are readily available in the morning!
annashapiro on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Delightful illustration takes the reader through an adventurous night with Mickey, who flies across a Parisian looking city made of cooking utensils & skyscrapers, only to end up in tomorrow mornings cake batter that is about to be cooked! He tells the chefs, "I'm not MILK, I'm MICKEY!" and flies his plane of dough to get real milk for the cake. Absolutely wonderful.
flanerie on LibraryThing 4 days ago
With all the current controversy about Sendak I just had to dig this book out again. I must have read it fifty million times, which is why I¿ve rated it higher than `Where the Wild Things Are¿, which I¿ve only read forty-nine and a half million. The drawings and the colours and the storyline make this one of the best bedtime books ever, at least in our night kitchen. You can just feel that dough on your fingers ¿ yummy!
hnebeker on LibraryThing 4 days ago
The illustrations in the book might be the only book I would say is better than Where the Wild Things Are. Sendak is only to be outdone by himself:) I was saddened and disturbed to read and hear about a campaign to have this magical story removed from elementary school libraries because of the naked main character Mickey. It is a wonderful fantasy picture book and besides, who if not elementary age children have seen naked little kids?!?
IEliasson on LibraryThing 4 days ago
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak seems innocent enough. The protagonist, 3 year old Mickey, dreams of floating out of his pajamas into a night kitchen, a food making fantasy land with buildings of food containers and three comical identical bakers who resemble Stan Laurel with a Hitler mustache. This stream of consciousness narrative in words and images transports the reader into the silly and ridiculous world of a three year old¿s dreams of bakers trying to bake him in a ¿Mickey-cake¿. Covered by cake batter, Mickey escapes by jumping into bread dough and kneading and shaping it into a plane that he flies away in. The bakers demand milk for the morning cake, so Mickey dives into a giant bottle of milk, loses his skin of cake batter, and pours the milk into the bakers¿ cake batter. After the bakers bake the cake, Mickey crows from the milk bottle and falls back into his pajamas and bed. This children¿s dream fantasy has been controversial and frequently challenged for Mickey¿s nudity and sexual innuendo. However, the intended readers of this fantasy are young children who do not see what the adults see. Most giggle when they see Mickey naked just because male nudity in children¿s books is so uncommon that it¿s just cause for commotion. Sendak¿s subcontexual references to the Holocaust are completely lost on children, as is the identity of the bakers. What the young reader will see is the fantasy world Sendak has created with pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations of Mickey flying through illustration panels as if in a dream. Sendak¿s illustration style for In the Night Kitchen is atypical of his oeuvre; he dispensed with his trademark hatchmarks in favor of a more graphic rendering of pen, ink, and watercolor to create giant comic-like panels that even include speech balloons. As a result, In the Night Kitchen creates a food making fantasy land with characters and events that just like real dreams, are extraordinary and absurd.
NataliaLucia on LibraryThing 4 days ago
Personal Response: I love this book. I really appreciate the small details, like the airplane above the bed that appears in the dream.Curricular Connection: This book could be read aloud to preschool children who could then talk about different dreams they've had.
cjfox73 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Incredibly creative and fun, kids will love looking at the pictures themselves. Some consider this book to be a coloring book.