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Exquisite watercolours by Sendak perfectly complement a poetic text to evoke a dreamlike quality to the book.

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Janice May Udry (Author) Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began by illustrating other authors' books for children, but the first book that he both wrote and illustrated was Kenny's Window, published in 1956. Since then he has illustrated over 80 books, and has won many awards, including the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he was the first American to win the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator's Medal. In 1978 the University of Boston made him Doctor of Humane Letters and in 1983 he won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for a 'substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children over a period of years'. Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began by illustrating other authors' books for children, but the first book that he both wrote and illustrated was Kenny's Window, published in 1956. In his lifetime, he illustrated over 80 books, and received many awards, including the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he was the first American to win the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator's Medal. He passed away in May 2012.

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The late Sendak received a Caldecott Honor in 1960 for his paintings of a group of children cavorting by moonlight in this quiet story from Udry, which is being rereleased in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are in 2013. Sendak's images alternate between small, squarish, b&w vignettes-an owl perched on a branch, a woman and her husband poring over a book indoors-and full-bleed scenes of the children's nocturnal play, as they dance and tumble like Matisse figures on the lawn. The hushed quality of Udry's prose ("The warm night-wind tosses our hair. The wind chimes stir") is a lovely companion to the deep blues, greens, and purples of Sendak's paintings, giving the story an enchanting sense of nighttime magic and possibility. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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