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The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present Hardcover – Nov 5 2003

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (Nov. 5 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810944480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810944480
  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 27.4 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,311,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Maurice We Hardly Knew Ye May 20 2012
By VCanete - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The death of Maurice Sendak has been sad for all of us. He created many imaginable books that definitely surprised readers. Some of them are the rhythmic and musical "Nutshell Library", the nightly adventure "In the Night Kitchen" and the one book that helped him become a legend, his grand masterpiece "Where The Wild Things Are". So in this book by Tony Kushner, we see how Maurice Sendak brout his work onto paper and it made an impact.
In the book, we find out about his creative side and work seating from the 80s to the present. For example we get to learn how he expresses with his art in his books. However, the book talks also about how his view brought some controversy in the world of literature and how he contributed to many things thanks to his books.
The book is a perfect piece of nonfiction for others who are very curious to know more about the world of Maurice Sendak. It's filled with so much information that you may get lost. The book isn't complete without some of Sendak's wonderful illustrations. In the end, you'll truely be mesmorised by this truely informative tribute to Maurice Sendak.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
after 43 years, still sharing Maurice Sendak books with my daughter Jan. 18 2013
By cae - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Maurice Sendak has been a part of our lives for over 43 years and gifting his
books and art has been a major pleasure for both of us.
This book is beautiful and opens up a lot of memories for us.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Magical Art of Maurice Sendak May 8 2012
By Gregg Chadwick - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"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 Sendak

Maurice 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.