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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  2,226 ratings  ·  268 reviews
With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin's bride.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published February 28th 1989 by HarperCollins (first published 1981)
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this is the only thing my summer class was useful for: it tipped me off that this book existed. for future reference, if there are books that exist that were the source material for childhood favorite movies of mine, i need to be informed. in a timely manner. not twenty years later, thats just humiliating. greg gave me this one years ago, so he is off the hook: outside over there is terrifically creepy, and it may not have the purple spandex-clad david bo ...more
I don't know why this lovely book has been challenged and/or banned. It is absolutely beautiful. In fact, so beautiful and appealing that it was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1982 (yay Maurice Sendak!!!!)

I LOVED reading this book to my children when they were smaller. Recently I gave them each their own copy for their Hope(less) Chests, so that they can read it to their own children.

My children are all in therapy and take strong psychiatric medicines due to their fear of being exchanged by goblins f
Skylar Burris
I read this to my young daughter without previewing first, and regretted it shortly into it. "I don't think we'll read this one." "Why not?" "It's too scary." Always a bad word choice - then she definitely wants to read it...and read it we did. Before bed she expressed deep concern that the goblins would take her stuffed Pooh bear away. (Her baby brother, however, she was not concerned about for some reason.) The next day she spent an hour pretending to rescue her "babies" from the goblins.

“Outside Over There” is a Caldecott Honor Book from the creative mind of Maurice Sendak about how a young girl named Ida must save her sister from a band of goblins. “Outside Over There” may have some scary images and the theme of child kidnapping, but it is still an excellent book full of adventure that many children will love.

Maurice Sendak’s story about a young girl rescuing her little sister is highly creative as it is written in a wonderfully surreal way that makes the story highly interes
Dec 02, 2009 skein rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ariel
Much as I hate interpretations of artists based on their books, I've got to say - Sendak has got some serious problems with women. The other two books in this trilogy (Where The Wild Things Are & In The Night Kitchen) focus on boys, boys who are wild and crazy and mess things up and take chances and play, play, play! with no real consequence because boys will be boys and that is the way of the world. They fall in and out of their clothes and wander about with arrogant nakedness, they create ...more
Dr. Mr. Sendak, Please seek therapy elsewhere and stop scaring the hell out of me!
Cindy Benabderrahman
This is the story of how Ida’s little sister, who can’t hardly be two years old, is snatched up by goblins and taken away to Outside, Over There to be a goblin’s bride. They leave an ice changeling in her place, and when she melts, Ida realizes what has happened. However, Ida’s father is at sea, and her mother is pining away for missing him, so Ida climbs out her window backward to Outside, Over There, and rescues her sister from the goblins, who, without their hooded cloaks, look exactly
Lisa Vegan
Nov 18, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
Oh, no no no no. Not for me. Well, I feel as though there is something the matter with me but I didn’t much like this story. I think I need to read this to some children and see their responses. I confess the only reason I gave Where the Wild Things Are four stars is because over the years, as an adolescent and as an adult, I’ve read it to many children, and their enthusiasm has been contagious. If I’d read it in a void I’d have also given it two stars only.

I think I’d have appreciated the illus
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Jul 05, 2013 Dustin Crazy little brown owl rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Wierdos
Recommended to Dustin Crazy little brown owl by: Wierdos
This is a freaky childrens book wherein the baby is stolen by goblins who want to make the baby a goblin bride. Big sister rescues baby, finding out the goblins look like babies too except they wear cloaks.
Big Sister uses a horn to make the goblin babies dance "slowly first, then faster until they couldn't breathe." The goblin babies are lured into a churning stream.

Baby was found cozy in a big eggshell.

The whole time mom is depressed because dad is a sailor away at sea. Mom sits on a bench fo
I see why this won a Caldecott honor, but I found the pictures just a touch creepy. Although I'm sure that's how they were meant to be since they really fit the mood of the story. Everybody's head and feet are too big, and there are a LOT of bare feet and naked babies! I did like the multiple views shown out the window of the girl's room and while she was flying around "outside over there." And I did like this better when I found out it was the inspiration for the movie Labyrinth. Still, this is ...more
This book fascinated me as a child. In struggling to wrap my brain around the writing style, I recognized it, along with the illustrations and the story itself, as an element of the eerie beauty of the whole.

The story line, the illustrations, and the writing style are all creepy and unsettling, yet I could not take my eyes away. It has been years since I read or even thought about this book, but the excerpt from the never-ending book quiz sent chills down my spine anew.
This deceptively simple mythopoetic tale of a sister rescuing a baby from the goblins is powerful and disturbing in the manner of dreams.
Carly Allen
Leave This Book "outside over there"!: Not one of Sendak's best in my opinion. I'm a huge fan of Where the Wild Things Are, but Outside Over There lacks an appeal to children in its text and storyline. It’s short and honestly a bit boring. I was somewhat disturbed at babies being “married” and kidnapped by goblins and I smaller children would probably find it a bit scary. I think the book was probably intended for a second or third grader, but the text and word choice is a bit much for someone o ...more
Excuse my lack of eloquence when I say the first thing that I thought while reading: "WHOA."
This is a dark, nightmarish story, in which the late, SO-great Sendak specialized. The illustration of the ice-child, the frozen changeling put in place after the protagonist's sister is kidnapped by goblins hoping to make her their child bride, is downright horrifying. Sendak had his finger on exactly the pulse of what makes childrens, and hence humans, tick. What they hope for (food! dancing beasts! es
I rarely do a review on childrens books but I felt it necessary to write one on this book. This is APPALLING! Firstly, the pictures are revolting - they look like dead babies - when you're reading it to a pre-schooler, this is something that needs addressing as young people use visual clues to understand the text, and the illustrations in this book scared my son. Secondly, the writing is very poor - particularly disappointing when it's written by a world renowned author such as Maurice Sendak. I ...more
With In the Night Kitchen, among my favorite children's books. Gorgeously illustrated, the story of how Ida loses, then finds and rescues, her baby sister from the clutches of goblins, while her mother pines for their father at sea, has all the qualities of a dream. Stunning, elusive, epic, Sendak doesn't shy away from showing a child's deepest fears, and revealing her deepest strengths, and he's not afraid of ambiguity either. If I had all the money in the world, I'd buy all the original artwor ...more
I had decided that I must have a copy of this when I found it on a list of the "most disturbing children's books of all time." The reason? Goblins steal her baby sister and try to have a goblin wedding with her as the bride . . . And it's the basis for the movie LABYRINTH! You say disturbing, I say, Awesome!

Finally got a copy, and it did not disappoint. Aside from the gorgeous art, the story is delightfully strange, and left me not disturbed, but wanting more!
GOD I'm glad I didn't read this as a child -- the image of Ida clutching a frozen changeling ice baby as it dripped and stared would have given me nightmares for life. It's way good, though. ;)
Matthew Hunter
Sigourney wasn't as captivated by Outside Over There as she was In the Night Kitchen. Maybe she was mystified by the story--Young Ida is jealous of her baby sister; she must help care for the baby while her dad's away; cloaked goblins steal the baby while Ida is looking the other direction; the goblins leave an ice sculpted changeling in the baby's place; Ida gets angry and goes to reclaim the baby; Ida overcomes distraction to take her sister back from the goblins who look exactly like the baby ...more
Madison Snow
The cover of Outside Over There shows two sisters playing in a garden. The girls are very realistic looking and the rest of the scenery shows great detail. The story takes us on a journey with Ida. Her baby sister is kidnapped by goblins and Ida needs to bring her home. As she goes to find her the story can become confusing. Ida eventually gets her sister back from the goblins and takes her back to her mother. The family receives a letter from their father saying to take care of her sister. The ...more
Elisha Condie
Some people think this book is super creepy, and I guess it kind of is, but we like it anyway. Big sister Ida has to rescue her little sister from the goblins who have kidnapped her (and they leave an ice baby in her place). The goblins look like little children themselves, and Ida plays her horn until they dance themselves into a stream know.

I hesitate to even tell people we like this book because like I say, its an odd book with a weird story. But both my kids have really like
Jan 21, 2011 Deborah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sarah Bingham (for Jacob)
Sendak tells a creepy story of a young girl entrusted to watch her baby sister. Ida fails to do so and her sister is taken by goblins who have been lurking around the house and replaced with a changeling. Ida follows the goblins and finds her sister meant to be a goblin bride. Ida plays her horn causing the goblin babies at the wedding to dance until they turn into water. Ida saves her sister.

I remember this book from my childhood. The main thing I remember is how creepy it was. As an adult I st
Creepy..."Outside over There," by Maurice Sendak and published in 1981, is visually and verbally creepy. You'd read this to a child? Really? An NPR article, dated May 9, 2012, states, " is still, nevertheless, challenging and a little scary — at least to adults." Count me as one of those adults.

The annotation for the book reads, "With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin's bride." Apparently,
Julie Leggett
This was one of my favorite books as a little girl...I would check it out from the library whenever I had the chance and loved for my mom to read it to me. Yesterday, a copy was sitting on my mother had bought it at a library book sale. I was so excited...I had not read it in years. When I finished, I was taken back at how CREEPY it was. I guess I have always loved eerie, strange, and haunting things and still do. This is sounding like a blog so bottom line it's a CLASSIC in my eyes.
I just recently found out that it was this book that inspired the motion picture Labyrinth. Being a big fan of the cult film I had to check it out. Goblins come and take a baby sister away might be a too frightening experience for some younger audiences. Marked by life like and simple illustrations, your eyes follow the prose to the very end.

Sad that this author's voice is now gone. I can see how the dark theme may not suit all, but reminds me of the dark fairy tales long past.
Karly Winters
Maurice Sendak has an interesting approach to his picture books because they are not necessarily geared towards children, which is why I don't think this book is child appropriate. It's odd and strange, and if a kid asked me questions about what was going on, I honestly don't know if I would be able to explain it to them. But, the pictures are well drawn with a good amount of details and lyric like words. The story is about a little girl who watches her younger sister while her father is away at ...more
Not a big fan of the goblin babies, but Maurice's macabre fascinates for the backstory: Outside Over There was inspired by the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, which occured when the author was very small and impacted him to his core with the concept that babies, too, can face death. The sister in the story, an endearing tribute to the big sis he adored, who mothered him so. Sendak's most intricate illustrations by far. Those sunflowers!!!
Kelsey Hoban
OUtside Over There is another unique children's book written by Maurice Sendak. This book is a very different style of children’s book. The main character, Ida, is jealous of her baby sister but when she is stolen by goblins she learns how she really feels. Ida sets out to rescue her baby sister from the goblins. This would be a good story in a classroom because it does have a good message inside of it and the characters do the right thing. This would be a good book to read to the class and refl ...more
Alex Colebank
To state it simply, the book "Outside Over There" is just creepy. The story is about a little baby who is stolen away by goblins from her sister who is babysitter her while their parents are away. While the older sister is playing her trumpet, goblins come and take away the baby and replace her with a fake baby. Upon arriving to the site of finding her sister, the audience is aware that the baby is being used to become married in their wedding "ceremony". The illustrations in this book are simil ...more
Lauri Meyers
I accidentally read this to the kids one night, then I hid it for just mommy to read alone because there were far too many things to explain at bedtime.
Some thoughts:
1. Sendak wrote dystopian picture books before dystopian was cool. In this one, Ida climbed out the window backwards and falls into "outside over there." In the Night Kitchen, Mickey falls through the dark and past the moon and into the light of the night kitchen. In Where the Wild Things Are, Max sails to the Island of the Wild Th
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