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In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
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Oct 17, 09

bookshelves: with-holden, cannibalism, kid-stuff
Recommended to Rob by: Jonathan P. (only not)
Recommended for: parents that want to introduce their kids to surrealism and/or magical realism
Read in October, 2009, read count: 1

Though (perhaps) best known for his [Where The Wild Things Are:], Maurice Sendak gives us a masterpiece of surrealism with In the Night Kitchen. More of a children's book for adults than it is an adult-interesting children's cook, In the Night Kitchen is the tale of Mickey, a young boy who seemingly wakens from a dream to quiet the noisy bakers downstairs.

I say "seemingly wakens" because the narrative that unfolds is clearly a dream with some potent archetypal figures and sequences:

—cannibalism fears

—the anxiety implicit to falling and being stripped naked

—the 3 chefs which (though not malicious) represent a kind of atavistic hunger

—the urging toward an heroic outcome that involves (naturally)...

—flying

It doesn't get any more surreal than this.
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message 1: by Malbadeen (new)

Malbadeen yes.
and how bout that little teeny peeny weeny?

because let's face it - that's what the kids really focus on. with much laughter.


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