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Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak

Outside Over There (1981)

by Maurice Sendak

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I don't understand. My sons and I loved Wild Things and [b:Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months|590552|Chicken Soup with Rice A Book of Months|Maurice Sendak|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1176077222s/590552.jpg|355618] but just didn't get into this. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
I enjoyed the book, "Outside Over There," by Maurice Sendak, but there was one part I did not like. First, I thought the illustrations contributed to and enhanced the story line. For example, when the goblins kidnap Ida's baby sister, it allowed me to create a visual inside of my mind to see how Maurice Sendak wanted the reader to envision the situation. Secondly, I liked the characters of the story. Even though Ida is young, she is courageous and strong. For instance, when her baby sister disappears and is replaced with ice, she decides to go "outside, over there" and steal her sister from the goblins. As Maurice Sendak says this sister relationship represents his relationship with his sister, it makes the story feel more real and makes Ida seem more brave. However, the story was a little confusing with some of the word choices. For example, Ida hears her sailor Papa's song, "If Ida backwards in the rain would only turn around again and catch those goblins with a tune shed spoil their kidnap honeymoon!" I did not understand why this was her sailor Papa's song or like how it was stated in the middle of the story without explanation. Lastly, the main idea of the story is to face the fears of reality. ( )
  NicoleGinex | Apr 13, 2015 |
I enjoyed Maurice Sendak’s story “Outside Over There” because of the descriptive language, and illustrations. Sendak describes the wedding scene that Ida comes across on her mission to save her baby sister from being a goblin’s bride. Sendak emphasizes “how those goblins hollered and kicked and were just babies like her sister”. The illustrations in the story are very unique because they have a 19th century vibe and are darker images than usually found in children’s books. This is unusual for a modern children’s book, however the images greatly enhance the story because it helps the reader visualize what the characters looked like as well as helped them understand the emotions such as Ida’s sadness through the use of dark colors like gray. The overall message in this story is responsibility, and how important it is to pay attention to your surroundings. If Ida was properly watching her sister she would have seen the goblins and been able to stop them before they could kidnap the baby. ( )
  Mchapp1 | Apr 3, 2015 |
I did not care too much for this book. The first reason is because of the plot. I find it odd that goblins, who are really babies, steal a baby so they can get married. The plot did not really hold my attention because it was odd and uninteresting. The second reason I did not like this plot is because of the characters. Most of the characters were babies, and they were doing adult events, like getting married and kidnapping. When I found out that the goblins were really babies, I immediately lost interest, and did not take the book seriously. Although I did not like the book, I did enjoy the illustrations. I liked how the author drew each page to help guide the reader in the plot. The central message of the story is to expect the unexpected. ( )
  Tcochr1 | Mar 22, 2015 |
I had mixed feelings about this book. I found this book to be realistic of the negativities of life, but also inappropriate for young readers. I personally got to do a project on Maurice Sendak, and I knew that this book was based on a traumatic experience Sendak had when he was little. The main purpose of this story is to symbolically tell the frightening events of a kidnapping, with a lighter conclusion. This book is extremely dark despite the choice of light, pastel colored illustrations. For example, the book shows how the mother does not care for her two daughters, how the goblins have robes with darkened faces, and disturbing facial expressions. There were times however when I liked the figurative writing of the book. For example, “Now Ida glad hugged the baby tight and she followed the stream that curled like a path along the broad meadow.” Despite the dark content of the story, I did enjoy how gentle the colors of the illustrations were. Most of the illustrations were painted with pastel and light colors. However, in the end, I do not think I would ever want to read any child this story. ( )
  yyoon4 | Dec 4, 2014 |
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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.

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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.

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