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Kenny's Window

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  109 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Kenny dreams of a fabulous land where he would like to live always, and in his search for it discovers many things about himself and about growing up. ‘An unusual, imaginative story . . . in which reality blends with make-believe.' 'SLJ. 1956 Children's Spring Book Festival Honor Book (NY Herald Tribune)
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published November 26th 2002 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1956)
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Maya Watts
The first thing that struck me about Kenny’s Window is that the illustrations were different. Maurice Sendak used some watercolor in this book. The dedication in this book is also touching; Maurice dedicates it to his parents. The majority of the art is similar to others by Maurice, pencil drawings with one accent color, yellow. On some pages the text is part of the illustration and others it is separated. Most pages have the words on one side and the illustrations on the other. The story is ab ...more
Madison Godfrey
This was Sendak’s first book he wrote and illustrated. This book is based on boy who finds himself in a garden that is half lit by sun and moon. This is a fantasy story told as a tale. In the story Kenny meets a four-legged rooster that tells him he can stay in the garden forever if he answers seven questions correctly. Kenny is then sent on a quest to answer the questions. Some teaching ideas that this book could be used for are teaching children to write very imaginative things and to draw wha ...more
No one is better than Maurice Sendak at portraying the strange, sad, and heartfelt feelings of childhood dreamtime.
Edmund Davis-Quinn
Lovely little story. Reminds me of Toy Story in a way. Definitely captures the spirit of boy.


Maurice Sendak's first children's book about a boy named Kenny, just like me, who goes on a quest to find a garden he had been dreaming about. To do this, Kenny must answer seven questions given to him by a rooster. Kenny’s pet dog, toy soldiers and stuffed animals and help him out along the way.


So far Maurice Sendak had been known only as an illustrator but in this he became known as an author and complements in words the poetic quality of his pictures. Kenny is a boy with a window in his room,
A very surreal children's story debut from Maurice Sendak. The themes are very subtle and kind of lost even to adults. It seems to lack a *real* theme or point other than the power of a child's imagination. A very psychedelic read that will probably be more interesting to adults than kids for its surreal and existential tone.
What a strange, fascinating book this, Sendak's first, is. It plays on the riddle trope--if Kenny answers the seven questions given him by the four-legged rooster, he can have whatever he wants--but does so very unconventionally, as it blurs th eline between reality and imagination and shows that, even from the beginning of his career, Sendak had a keen insight inot the complex emotional landscape of children. Despite the cool simplicity of th eillustrations, there is a lot of angst bubbling ben ...more
Apr 09, 2013 Yvonne rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Hmmmm. I didn't know there was anything Maurice Sendak did which I could feel hohum about, but here you go. In a dream, Kenny looked out his window and saw, among some other things, a rooster with four feet. The rooster gave Kenny a piece of paper with seven questions and told Kenny he must find all the answers.
Kenny proceeded with his days -- and found the riddles' answers in the everyday! Yay!
The illustrations are bland, the story is bland. Do you suppose Where the Wild Things Are and The Nutc
A very special book about a little boy answering life's hard questions. The illustrations are very beautiful, but not what we are used to from Sendak. The story is simple and simply told, but it is also dark - or rather somber and philosophical. The boy's relationship and interactions with his teddy bear, toy soldiers and his puppy are poignant without being sentimental.
"What is a very narrow escape?"
"When somebody almost stops loving you," Kenny whispered back.
I love this book. Maurice thought it was over written and didn't like the illustrations, but this is one of the most moving children's books I've read.
P is for Polly
Kenny's Window is Sendak's first book--that he both wrote and illustrated. It gives great insight into all of his following work. My Master's thesis on the subject is only 30 pages and should be done soon if you care to read more...
Classic Sendak- beautifully illustrated, clever clever clever, heart-breaking, and important.
Dec 08, 2013 Susan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Maurice Sendak was an amazing author abd artist. his stories are so simple, yet so profound.
This is my favorite childhood book of all time!
Lori Laliberte
do you always want what you think you want?
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Maurice Bernard Sendak is an American writer and illustrator of children's literature who is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963. An elementary school (from kindergarten to grade five) in North Hollywood, California is named in his honor.

Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, and decided to become an illustrator after viewing Wal
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