@booksofwonder Mommy? by Maurice Sendak (2006) – Sendak’s only pop-up book has but two words, one repeated several times. A toddler wanders into a haunted house but instead of the monsters harming him, he pranks them – pulling out Frankenstein’s neck bolts, unwrapping the mummy, depantsing the werewolf, and plugging Dracula’s mouth with a binky. Turns out he belongs to Frankenstein’s bride. No wonder!
@booksofwonder Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak (1981) – Ida is jealous of her baby sister. But when she’s kidnapped by goblins while their father is away, Ida sets out to rescue the bambina. It is also associated with the 1986 film, Labyrinth, starring Jennifer Connelly and rock legend David Bowie, because of the similar story lines
@booksofwonder In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (1970) – Ever had that dream where you’re naked? Young Mickey did, and was almost baked into a cake until he escaped in a plane made out of bread. Despite controversy and even banning because of the depicted nudity, it won nine awards including the Caldecott. It was turned into an animated short in 1981. And provided the namesake for the Night Kitchen children’s theater which Sendak co-founded with Arthur Yorinks in 1993.
@booksofwonder The Nutshell Library by Maurice Sendak -(1962) – A four-book anthology containing Pierre,Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around and One Was Johnny, A Counting Book. The most well-known is Pierre, where the title character responds to everything, “I don’t care!” A lion approaches Pierre and asks if he wants to die. Pierre, of course, doesn’t care and the lion eats him. When the lion spits him out, Pierre, thankful to be alive, understands the need to care.
@booksofwonder - The Sign on Rosie’s Door (1960) – “If you want to know a secret, knock three times.” Kathy does so and Rosie magically turns into a singer named Alinda. After the Fourth of July celebration, Alinda transforms back to Rosie, who finds she actually likes her original self. Also the basis of the musical, Really Rosie, on which Sendak collaborated with singer, songwriter Carole King.
Why the decision to go with a pig? Why not a hedgehog?
I’ve always loved pigs: the shape of them, the look of them, and the fact that they are so intelligent. I think I like them more than I like little human boys. The prospect of drawing pigs was something I could look forward to, and I needed something to look forward to. This project was done under very difficult circumstances. Somebody very important to me was dying painfully, horribly, slowly, and it leaves you questioning everything.