My blogger pal Tony Laplume is hosting his first bloghop this week! The Ode-athon is an opportunity to celebrate our favorite authors. Care to learn more? Go visit Tony either here or here.
There was one book, however, of which I never tired. Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is, in my humble opinion, the golden masterpiece of the medium. While I liked the book as a boy, I grew to love it as a father. The pictures are the easy sell for a kid. But for me as the read-aloud parent, the text was miraculous. Words like "he sailed off through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year" trip off the tongue so effortlessly that each reading was a soothing pleasure.
- The Nutshell Library, the stories and illustrations of which would later become part of the Sendak produced television special, Really Rosie.
- In the Night Kitchen, a book frequently banned for perfectly innocent child nudity. The Caldecott committee didn't blush. A New York City skyline created from the items in a kitchen pantry? Genius!
- The Little Bear series, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Sendak. Our Girl first fell in love with the television series but the books are far better. Little Bear's Visit is my personal favorite.
Go check out the other entries in the Ode-athon: