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Review of There’s a Mystery There: The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak

There’s a Mystery There: The Primal Vision of Maurice Sendak by Jonathan Cott Doubleday    242 pp. 5/17    978-0-385-54043-8    $30.00 e-book ed.  978-0-385-54044-5    $15.99 Cott first interviewed Maurice Sendak for Rolling Stone in 1976 and again for Cott’s book Pipers at the Gates of Dawn (1983), in which the two first discussed […]

Review of The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults

The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults by Cheryl B. Klein Norton    368 pp. 9/16    Paper ed.  978-0-393-29224-4    $18.95 Editor Klein has revised her earlier self-published book Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, weaving the content of that […]

Review of Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism

Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism edited by Lisa Rowe Fraustino and Karen Coats University Press of Mississippi    270 pp. 5/16    978-1-4968-0699-4    $60.00 This illuminating and timely collection, which originated with co-editor Fraustino’s Hollins University course of the same name, examines the changing — and […]

Review of Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing

Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing by Leonard S. Marcus Foster/Farrar     64 pp. 8/13     978-0-374-31025-7     $24.99 Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886) is especially known for his ability to make his subjects “jump off the page,” and Marcus is able to do the same for his subject here. With wit and fluency, he tells how […]

Review of My Brother’s Book

My Brother’s Book by Maurice Sendak; 
illus. by the author di Capua/HarperCollins    32 pp. 2/13    978-0-06-223489-6    $18.95    g If, as Wordsworth wrote, “poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity,” Sendak’s vision of a Dante-esque search for his beloved brother Jack (1924–1995) is poetry in both […]

Review of A Caldecott Celebration: Six Artists and Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal

Review of A Caldecott Celebration: Six Artists and Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal by Leonard Marcus. From the November/December 1998 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Review of Show Me a Story: Why Picture Books Matter

Show Me a Story!: Why Picture Books Matter: 
Conversations with 21 of the World’s Most Celebrated Illustrators compiled and edited 
by Leonard S. Marcus Middle School, High School, Of Interest to Adults    Candlewick    310 pp. 4/12    978-0-7636-3506-0    $22.99 “For a story’s text to work, it needs to be incomprehensible. Otherwise you wouldn’t need the pictures,” […]

Review of The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth

The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; illus. by Jules Feiffer; annotated by Leonard S. Marcus Knopf    284 pp. 10/11   978-0-375-85715-7   $29.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-95715-4   $32.99 If ever there were a twentieth-century children’s book that deserved an annotated edition, it’s Juster and Feiffer’s masterpiece, first published fifty years ago. Filled with […]