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In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

In the Night Kitchen (1970)

by Maurice Sendak

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Series: Where the Wild Things Are trilogy (2)

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Every word in this is pretty much perfect. Where the Wild Things Are is great, but it's also a bit more an adult's precious idea of how a kid is sometimes--the everydayness of this one, the way the kitchen and the Oliver Hardy chefs are totally mundane but also totally freaky, and all the things that happen make no sense but all in the service of breakfast ("and that's why we have cake every morning," Sendak says, straightfaced, and I wonder if they did or what?), and Mickey the kid chortles through it all and comes out of the batter looking like a dough octopus--there are worlds hidden behind the ones we know and nothing has any cause or effect but it's still all AWESOME--that's how I remember toddlerhood, as the midpoint between "Little Nemo" and Spirited Away. ( )
1 vote MeditationesMartini | Feb 9, 2016 |
In this book, Mickey dreamed himself went into a night bakery and helped 3 baker make cakes. The buildings in the background are made by food cans and bottles, the paste could make a plane. Everything in the book is full of imagination, so I think this book can be used for developing children's imagination. But it might not suitable for higher grade. The media of this book might be ink and water color. ( )
  Aliceyeol | Feb 4, 2016 |
This book has really good imagery. I think it would be good for a second grade class. The story is simple, but the pictures allow you to use your imagination and see more of the story than just what the words say. The backgrounds, for example, are very elaborate, but they are never mentioned. ( )
  AmandaJH | Jan 21, 2016 |
1st/2nd grade
This book could be used to spark imagination. It could be read out loud in class, and then the students could write their own dream or fantasy using words or pictures.
I could not see this being used for older students. ( )
  tsmith18 | Jan 21, 2016 |
In the Night Kitchen is a trade book about Mickey a child who has a big imagination and starts to dream of baking. He is one stubborn child and only wants things his way. The illustrations In the Night Kitchen are very clear and bright even though it is night time. Since this book is banned in a lot of libraries I am not sure how teachers can use this book in the classroom. It's a funny and cute book, but I am not sure if teachers feel comfortable using it in their classroom. ( )
  s.vang | Dec 2, 2015 |
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Maurice Sendakprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Imber-Liljeberg, EvaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Did you ever hear of Mickey, how he heard a racket in the night and shouthed, "Quiet down there!"
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When asked, Maurice Sendak insisted that he was not a comics artist, but an illustrator. However, it's hard to not notice comics aspects in works like In the Night Kitchen. The child of the story is depicted floating from panel to panel as he drifts through the fantastic dream world of the bakers' kitchen. Sendak's use of multiple panels and integrated hand-lettered text is an interesting contrast to his more traditional children's books containing single-page illustrations such as his wildly popular Where the Wild Things Are.

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A little boy's dream-fantasy in which he helps three fat bakers get milk for their cake batter.

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