Editorial: Upstate Over There

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“Will there ever be another Sendak?” This is the question I posed last week to the 2014 Sendak Fellows, illustrators Nora Krug and Harry Bliss, at Scotch Hill Farm, the late artist’s upstate New York retreat now owned by Sendak’s longtime assistant Lynn Caponera. I had come to the farm — and it is an […]

Keep Manhattan

Nora is showing me the process of creating Photoshop files for silkscreen printing.

When I was invited to visit with the 2014 Sendak Fellows at Maurice’s farm, I thought it would be, you know, a “farm,” AKA a rurally situated but otherwise urbane getaway retreat. But it was an actual farming farm with rows of vegetables and corn and a tractor and silo and chickens.  Sendak’s longtime assistant […]

Chicks ‘n ducks ‘n geese

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We’re off tomorrow to spend a few days with the Sendak Fellows, Nora Krug and Harry Bliss, at a farm Maurice owned in upstate New York. (Why did he need a farm? Did he need a place to get away from it all from his place to get away from it all in the wilds […]

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Here’s our very first post for the books my students will be reading this semester. Our first class is Thursday night, Feb. 27, and they’re all supposed to discuss one of the readings for the week in the comments  I am hoping the rest of you will comment and discuss, too, since that would make […]

King of All the Caldecotts

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“If this book doesn’t win the Caldecott Medal I’m going to kill myself.” I heard that from Zena Sutherland, quoting Ursula Nordstrom, while Zena and I were at Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum in 1982, viewing an exhibition of the complete original art for the book in question, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. That book […]

Special Sendak celebration issue of Notes

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It’s the second Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means! Notes from The Horn Book, our monthly email newsletter, is on its way to inboxes everywhere. This month we have something special: a Maurice Sendak-only edition to remember the great illustrator and celebrate his June 10th birthday. In this issue, Roger talks […]

June 2012 Notes: Special Sendak Issue

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In this special issue of Notes from the Horn Book we celebrate the June 10th birthday of Maurice Sendak, who died last month at the age of eighty-three. As well as being a master of illustration, Sendak was a great friend to The Horn Book. While he was best known for his picture books, we […]

Books mentioned in the June 2012 issue of Notes from the Horn Book

Picture books Where the Wild Things Are (1963) written and illus. by Maurice Sendak, Harper, 3–7 years. In the Night Kitchen (1970) written and illus. by Maurice Sendak, Harper, 3–7 years. Outside Over There (1981) written and illus. by Maurice Sendak, Harper, 3–7 years. Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (1962) written by Charlotte Zolotow, […]

Maurice Sendak: Music

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Sendak drew and painted to music, and in his later career would design operas including The Magic Flute, The Love for Three Oranges, and his own Where the Wild Things Are, set by Oliver Knussen. The Tony Kushner/Sendak collaboration Brundibar (2003) re-creates the story line of a Czech opera written by a Terezin concentration camp […]

Maurice Sendak: Folklore

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Sendak never settled for prettiness; his illustrations for folklore demonstrate a respect for the tales’ immense power. The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm (1973), selected by Lore Segal and Maurice Sendak, translated by Segal and Randall Jarrell, and illustrated by Sendak, features Grimm favorites including “Rapunzel,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “Snow-White and the […]