A Maurice Sendak AppreciationBook - 2009
A visual tribute to the art of Maurice Sendak examines Sendak's aesthetic influences from William Blake to Walt Disney and looks at recurring motifs in his work, as well as his profound understanding of the imaginations and emotions of children.
With the same adroit scrutiny that enabled him to recognize a heroine in the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked, reconsiders the oeuvre of the incomparable Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are). Making Mischief pays tribute to the visionary author and illustrator, his profound understanding of children, and his stunningly imaginative and groundbreaking work that carried the picture book so much higher and farther than it had ever flown. A beautifully designed, endlessly fascinating volume, Making Mischief is one master mythmaker’s heartfelt appreciation of another.
In this tribute and reconsideration of his esteemed friend and mentor's work, Maguire (author of Wicked and Matchless) derives the material from an eponymous 2003 symposium held at the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Public Library. In the introduction Maguire writes that he, like many children's book authors of the last half century, had always wanted Sendack (now in his 80s) to illustrate one of his books. In a manner of speaking, this book does just that, with Maguire's text offering context and background and tying together some themes in a wide-ranging selection of Sendack's art. This is a well produced and insightful work that will appeal to the broad audience Sendack has enchanted over the years. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The best-selling author of the Wicked Years series presents a visual tribute to the art of Maurice Sendak, in a book that examines Sendak's aesthetic influences from William Blake to Walt Disney; looks at recurring motifs in his work, as well as his profound understanding of the imaginations and emotions of children; and more. 35,000 first printing.