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Charlotte and the White Horse
Continuing a two-year program to bring back twenty-two Maurice Sendak treasures long out of print, our second season of publication highlights one of the most successful author-illustrator pairings of all time. A pioneer of great children's literature, Ruth Krausspublished more than thirty books for children during a career that spanned forty years. Krauss and Sendak colla ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 4th 2001 by HarperCollins
(first published December 1st 2001)
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This is a little gem with beautiful illustrations, softer than much of the Maurice Sendak I have seen. The pairing of the text with the illustrations, sweet and tender, delights. There are moments of oddity and almost awkwardness but it comes together as something rare and wonderful.
Since this has a great title, and the pictures are my one of my favorites of all time, Maurice Sendak, I wanted to love this book...but, the prose is a bit weird and falls short of a good story, in my opinion. I did like Sendak's illustrations, however.
This is one of my favorite-ever picturebooks, for its indescribable voice. Krauss and Sendak are at their best here — the text is both lyrical and witty, reading like a child channeling the Bible, and the illustrations are, appropriately, Chagall-like. A beautiful collaboration.