The Art of Maurice Sendak

The Art of Maurice Sendak

by Selma G. Lanes


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Creator of Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and other illustrations for dozens of other memorable children’s books, Maurice Sendak ranks among the best-known, best-loved artists in America. For nearly 30 years, he has spoken to the child-mind in young and adult alike. A perennial best-seller, he is winner of both the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and the Caldecott Medal.

Sendak’s life and work are explored in affectionate detail in this charming, fun-filled book, containing 94 full-color illustrations and over 165 black-and-whites. Author Selma Lanes has drawn upon many conversations with him as well as three years of formal research and interviews to write this biography. Easy and intimate, it is enhanced by perceptive quotations from Sendak himself, who cooperated fully in the book’s preparation.

Appropriate to Sendak’s feeling that books should be playful, this book contains a full-color facsimile of the tiny mock-up that he first made for the story that would become Where the Wild Things Are. In addition, there are glimpses of the artist’s private world in fantasy sketches, photographs of a group of mechanical toys he designed, and three full-color fold-outs of works from books and films as they’ve never been seen.

Here is a unique world of imagination, straight from the wonderfully creative mind of Maurice Sendak.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435119710
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 09/19/2009
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 11.50(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Selma G. Lanes, formerly editor-in-chief of Parent’s Magazine Press, is author of Down the Rabbit Hole, a perceptive analysis of children’s literature and illustrators. A respected critic, she frequently reviews children’s books for The New York Times and other journals.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My children and I love this book. It is filled with prints of illustrations of all of my favorite Sendak book, along with photos of Sendak, and much of the story of his life. A great coffee table book, or just for anyone who loves Sendak and his art.
sirgilgad More than 1 year ago
The Nutshell Library comprised some of the first and best book memories of my childhood. Really Rosie was the first record album that I ever owned (and still do). I grew up in love and in awe of Maurice Sendak. This book was such a steal of a find. It was a discounted book, one that I'd heard of many moons ago but not actually ever seen until recently when I purchased it. I am quite a way through reading it and am loving every minute of it. It a beautiful book that I'd thought of giving as a gift, but I do not think I'll be able to part with it when I've finished it. It is a must have for any Sendak fan. You will not be disappointed; it is well worth any price.
greggchadwick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Dear Mr. Sendak, How much does it cost to get to where the wild things are? If it is not expensive, my sister and I would like to spend the summer there."-From a letter sent by an eight year old reader to Maurice SendakMaurice Sendak was an artist in love with the world and with things that go bump in the night. Sendak looked deeply at the world around him. His vision included the visible nature of our existence and the invisible, but no less real, world of dreams. Sendak's beautifully crafted artworks for his books began with simple pencil sketches that were then enlarged and fleshed out with pen and ink which was then layered with glowing watercolor washes. The "Art of Maurice Sendak" by Selma Lanes gathers images of many of Sendak's cherished works into one volume. This massive book is a treasure-house for the imagination.The finished paintings on paper reflect what Dave Eggers described in a Vanity Fair article on Sendak as the "unhinged and chiaroscuro subconscious of a child." Sendak's books and images appealed to readers of all ages. Sendak took the deep mysteries of life head-on and allowed us all to journey to where the wild things are.We are fortunate that Maurice Sendak's love for beauty and the mystery of existence forged a unique vision that led to his magical books and images. He will be greatly missed. Selma Lanes' book is a reminder of what we have lost and also a touchstone that preserves Sendak's genius.
anneofia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Here is a big, coffee-table-size book, with breath-taking illustrations that are full- and double-page, and even some 4-page fold outs that anyone can enjoy thumbing through. And it is especially fascinating to fans of Maurice Sendak's illustrated works. His life and his unique world of imagination are explored in affectionate and minute detail. A chronology of his books is included, starting in 1947 and ending in 1981. The book was first published in 1980, and my copy was reissued in 1993. The book also contains a comprehensive index.
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