In The Night Kitchen

Author Of Where The Wild Things Are

Year 1970
Binding Hardcover
Condition Fine
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Harper and Row Company, 1970. FIRST CLUB EDITION. (Identical to expensive first printing other than price and "1070" on dj flap.) Beautiful clean, crisp pages throughout. Excellent near mint condition, clean and tight other than neat gift inscription on front endpage. Off-white linen boards with round color illustration / title label. Nice and bright color illustrated dust jacket, complete with two tape repaired closed tears to reverse and the silver Caldecott Award Winner label applied. Quite scarce Sendak original, due in part to it's initially being banned because of Mickey's visible naked penis. (Sendak is said to have commiserated with his friend, Philip Roth, who's Portnoy's Complaint had also been banned in the same year.) " The story tells of a young boy named Mickey who dreams that he ventures to the "Night Kitchen" where giant bakers make morning bread. During his fantastical dream, Mickey falls and almost becomes baked into the bread, then builds a plane out of dough to get the milk necessary to complete the baking. Although their plots are similar, In the Night Kitchen has quite different illustrations than the author's iconic Where the Wild Things Are. Both employ dream-like color schemes, but the former's illustrations have none of the latter's distinctive cross-hatching. Regardless of its artistic and literary qualities, many schools and libraries took issue with Mickey's nudity, in some cases going so far as to cut out or color over his private parts. In a 1986 interview with NPR, Sendak explained his decision to draw Mickey without clothes: "I didn't set out to cause a scandal. I set out to do a very particular work where he had to be naked in order to confront a particular dream he was in. You don't go into a dream wearing Fruit of the Loom underwear or PJs. You go tutto. You go yourself, your being, and that's why he was naked, and it was idiocy. It was incredible idiocy what went on over that book for many, many years about Mickey being naked." Although it is still one of the most frequently challenged books today, In the Night Kitchen remains a popular and acclaimed piece of children's literature. Wonderful story and artwork as only Sendak could have created. Great gift item for all ages. Unpaginated.