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Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak

Outside Over There (1981)

by Maurice Sendak

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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 |
Summary: Ida is a young girl that takes care of her little sister while her dad is away at sea, and her mother seems distracted in the arbor. Goblins come and steal her sister to be a goblin bride, and Ida leaves through her window to save her dear sister. The story ends Ida playing her wonder horn so the goblins dance into the river, and her sister is rescued. When Ida returns home, there is a letter from her father telling her how strong she is and to continue to care for her mother and sister.
Personal Reaction: This story was very eerie. There is just an element of creepiness to it, almost mysterious. It is definitely an interesting story to read even for adults. I would not recommend this book to a child young child. Although the story never went into detail about her mother, I believe that the presumption can be made that the mother is not well. How she is not well is open to interpretation. It is my guess that her mother is mentally ill, and Ida as a young child herself cares for her infant sister. The “goblins” in the story appeared to be other babies, which was interesting as well. Ida shows determination in rescuing her sister, even in the face of darkness. I believe this is representative of Ida’s life.
Extension Ideas:
A discussion in the classroom could be created geared towards family and strength and how families stick together and help one another.
Students could create their own “wonder horn,” similar to the one Ida uses to sooth her sister, and then to drive the goblins away.
  copeland86 | Jul 13, 2014 |
I really did not like this book. The first thing I did not like was I thought the writing style was very odd and a tad uncomfortable and unnatural to read. For example, a line in the story read, "Now Ida glad hugged baby tight." In my mind, that sentence does not flow at all. The pictures, although very detailed, were very dark and gloomy and if I were a young child reading this or having it read to me, I would be frightened. The pictures are very spooky. It does possess a decent message though. It shows the reader the very relatable situation of older siblings feeling the burden of watching over the younger ones but if it actually came down to it, they would drop everything to help their younger siblings in need. ( )
  jjones58 | Feb 26, 2014 |
Beautiful painterly illustrations. The story of a young girl coming to terms with her responsibility for her younger sister. Inspired the movie Labyrinth. ( )
  alexjtedesco | Dec 10, 2013 |
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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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