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Saturday, October 17, 2009
Bonus Illustrated Book- Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation
I found this book on the new nonfiction shelf at the library and it's the perfect example of an illustrated book that's not automatically a book for children. I'm pretty excited to see how the movie version of Where the Wild Things Are is and whether it lives up to the hype or not, so until I get around to going to the movies this book can definitely hold me over.
Gregory Maguire (of Wicked fame) takes a look at the works of Maurice Sendak and the other artists and works whose influences show up in Sendak's illustrations. There's so much information and so much thoughtful reflection in the book that the illustrations, whether they come from Maurice Sendak's books or are just doodles and things that he's put on paper over the years, kind of sneak up on you, and then BAM! there they are, in their full splendor, colorful and detailed, and, since this book just came out, complete with new book smell.
It's really, really difficult to describe the illustrations in the book, and to find any examples available online, but I did find a few:
There are pages and pages of illustrations even more vivid than that, and actually, one of the most interesting things that comes up in the book is a reference to a talk that Maurice Sendak gave at MIT in 2003, entitled "Descent into Limbo." Well, thanks to the glory of the Internet, that talk is available in its entirety online, so if you're looking for something interesting to watch on a Saturday afternoon this would be a good bet. As with all academic events, this one has a ton of blah blah at the beginning, but Mr. Sendak actually starts talking about 18 minutes in.