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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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I remember reading this story ALL THE TIME as a kid, and it was definitely interesting reading it again now! This is a modern fantasy picture book for readers from kindergarten- 1st grade. What I do remember loving about the story was the illustrations in this story, I loved the imaginative and dream like theme throughout the illustrations. The illustrations definitely coincide with the plot, the events themselves being random and silly. Overall this is just a nonsense and humorous story for students to have fun with, there is no central message really, and it’s just about a boy having a baking adventure in his dream. I would however, be a little cautious to add this book in my classroom’s library because the boy does happen to be naked throughout the entire story, which I’m sure some parents would not be very thrilled about. ( )
  BeckieZimmerman | Apr 7, 2014 |
This is a silly tale of Mickey that floats off his bed, naked and free to find out he is to become the most important ingredient in 3 bakers' cake! Sendak's use of cool colors create a quiet, dreamy, yet adventurous enviornoment for Mickey. Thick black outlines assist with the organic-like draiwing of the figures while they diminish in the background amongst the kitchen-themed cityscape. Some parents and children may be uncomfortable with the book for a few reasons. Mickey's clothes are removed and he is drawn with all his extremities, his white skin is associated with white milk as a requirement for the 3 bakers' cake, and there is a reference to God at the end of the story. Any of these reasons may pose concern; however I would not refrain from reading this book to a child or allowing a child to read this book on her/his own. Though these references may be considered inappopriate by some, others might adore this book for its silly references and childlike innocence of the story.
  MicahCorporaal | Mar 17, 2014 |
The illustrations in this book are surreal in both color and tone. The text is written like poetry, with a consistent rhythm and musical pace.The picture book resembles a comic strip, even with speech bubbles above the heads of the characters when they speak. In the Night Kitchen is very dream-like, and in some ways a bit like a nightmare. This book has been held under scrutiny because it has some nudity and some say the storyline is too scary for children. Some libraries have even banned the book because of the nudity. Some publications have dressed the main character Mickey in a diaper, covering up his bare bottom and genitals. Personally, I find the nudity to not be a concern because the nude character looks to be the age of a toddler. ( )
  natalienichols | Mar 15, 2014 |
I really did not enjoy this book- both text and illustrations, so I was shocked it won a Caldecott Metal. Although I realize this story is about a young boy who drifts into dream world, where he is put into a cake batter and cooked, there is really no sense of plot or purpose of this story. It did not keep my interest in the slightest bit. Teachers should also consider the fact that in certain illustrations the boy is naked, so it may not be appropriate for a classroom book shelf. There is no message to this story, for it was extremely random and bland. ( )
  jjones58 | Mar 15, 2014 |
Mickey travels to the night kitchen in his dreams and finds himself mixed into cake batter when the bakers confuse him with milk so he seeks to set the bakers straight and goes looking for the proper ingredient. As usual, Sendak's illustrations are stunningly detailed and inviting, creating a whimsical, imaginative backdrop for Mickey's midnight adventures. While In the Night Kitchen has been challenged for its depiction of Mickey's genitalia, I didn't find the illustrations offensive - indeed, I don't think Mickey's adventures would have made as much sense if he hadn't been nude since he spends a lot of time covered in cake batter and later immersed in a giant jug of milk. Had he been wearing clothing, the illustrations would not have flowed as smoothly and Mickey would be lacking the freedom that makes his actions in the night kitchen possible. The story is fun and silly, reminescent of the kind of fantasy a young child might invent as he drifts off to sleep. ( )
  Octokitten | Feb 23, 2014 |
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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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