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Caldecott and Co.: Notes on Books and Pictures

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"This anthology of essays on writing and illustrating for children reveals a formidable intelligence and a remarkable degree of empathy with fellow toilers in the field."--Publisher's Weekly
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published November 1st 1988 by Farrar Straus Giroux
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Aug 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this book sadly appears to be out of print, it is worth getting your hands on a copy if you appreciate the work of Maurice Sendak. The book is a collection of essays divided into two parts: the first includes essays about writers and illustrators Sendak admires and has been influenced by; the second part includes speeches, interviews, and miscellaneous writings about his own art. All of the essays give wonderful insight into Sendak’s intelligence and creative process, and will provide a ...more
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In elementary school it is traditional to bring cards on Valentine's Day. Most people come in with thin wisps of paper cookie-cutter-ed with his or her favorite character. It is a cute tradition, if not especially inspired. Most years I purchased my flat sentiment at the drugstore with everybody else. One year my mom put her foot down and said, "No!"

She bustled me off to a craft store where we purchased paper-lace doilies, red tissue paper, and glue. We spent the weekend cutting the doilies into
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in children's literature
Shelves: non-fiction
Music and illustration, Mother Goose, Hans Christian Anderson, Beatrix Potter, Walt Disney, Randolph Caldecott, his own work -- Maurice Sendak writes entertainingly and thoughtfully about illustration and children's literature in this wonderful collection of essays, interviews, speeches, and book reviews. As you would expect, he is especially good at identifying and celebrating emotional complexities in his own and others' work.

Katie Fitzgerald
I found this collection of Sendak's essays on the shelves at one of the libraries I visit regularly. It was so well hidden it wasn't even in the catalog anymore, so I definitely felt like I had uncovered a hidden treasure.

Included in this book are Sendak's Caldecott acceptance speech, his reflections on the work of various authors and illustrators, his thoughts on Walt Disney, and thoughts on his own illustrations and the art of making books. I have always thought Sendak was an interesting man,
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, non-fition
Gonna write a "real" review, for a change.

This is an anthology of his essays and musings on writing and illustrating for children. It reveals his formidable intelligence and his empathy with fellow toilers in what is too often regarded as a somewhat lesser field of endeavor. As if writing and drawing for children were a distinctly second-best fiction-writing.

Sendak shows the degree of imagination, craft and humanity that goes into the best of this work. He is noticeably appreciative of well-kno
Found this on the daughter's shelf when we visited and picked it up -- she gave it to me as she'd been toying with getting rid of it since she kept puttin off reading it for so long. Fascinating though a bit repetitve here and there given the topic is one which invites mentioning certain ideas at various times in various settings. Sendak's take on books and reading is quite in sync with my own in a good part so head nodding came naturally. Also interesting to learn a bit more about the author hi ...more
Ian W. Hill
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
A good collection of short pieces on great children's book writers/illustrators of the past, with some speeches/interviews about Sendak's own work. A little thin -- I was under the impression this was going to be a more in-depth look at the history of the genre, but it's more a collection of short introductions, often reprinted from other collections. The essays are charming and beautifully-written (with a fine critical eye) on their own, but I wish that Sendak had been able to make this into a ...more
Feb 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eugenie by: Anna
Incredibly insightful on two levels: how picture books succeed or fail, and what makes Sendak himself tick. There are so many authors I want to check out because of these essays, and I just hope most of them are still in print. Sendak creates fascinating portraits of some of the better-known ones like Beatrix Potter and Jean De Brunhoff. I love his curmudgeonly attitude toward over-protective parents and wholesome reading for children. His essay on the superiority of Disney's Pinocchio to Collod ...more
John Nez
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took a class with Maurice Sendak at the Parsons School of Design - and I have to say this book is at least as good as taking a class was. Maurice was a heartful genius - a person who never lost sight of the basic human dimension of being a vulnerable small being in a harsh world.

The latter part of the book is especially awesome. It’s a shame it’s not in print anymore.
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Maurice Bernard Sendak was 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 Wa
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“Where the Wild Things Are was not meant to please everybody – only children. A letter from a seven-year-old boy encourages me to think that I have reached children as I had hoped. He wrote: ‘How much does it cost to get to where the wild things are? If it is not expensive my sister and I want to spend the summer there. Please answer soon.’ I did not answer that question, for I have no doubt that sooner or later they will find their way, free of charge.” 1 likes
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