From Publishers Weekly
This laudatory catalogue presents reminiscences of the beloved children's author and illustrator from both friends and colleagues. Alongside hundreds of images, focusing largely on sketches and commercial work that has not previously been reproduced, the text tours through Sendak's celebrated career and his impact on children's literature, with particular attention of course given to the classic Where the Wild Things Are and its characters' afterlife in different media. The 12twelve gathered essays come from illustrators, publishers, librarians, and rare book dealers, most of whom were lucky enough to work with Sendak at one point or another. On a whole, they provide light and sentimental information on the artist, praising his wide-ranging work in occasionally breathless tones and applauding his contributions to everything from commercial illustration to opera, typically remaining brief if not quite pithy in doing so. The catalogue relies on its audience already being Sendak enthusiasts, but rarely delves deeply into his working methods or personal life, resulting in a pleasant but often superficial commemoration. If primarily for the images themselves, however, it manages to conjure a sweet sense of joy, and Sendak's own singular style transcends the sometimes cloying treatment it is given here. Color illustrations. (June)
About the Author
JUSTIN G. SCHILLER
is a collector and rare book dealer (Justin G. Schiller Ltd. is the oldest specialist in antiquarian children’s books). He was one of the principal founders of the International Wizard of Oz Club in 1957 (in 1956, at the age of twelve, his collection of L. Frank Baum Oz books went on exhibit at Columbia University for the centenary of the author’s birth). Schiller helped finance his college education by issuing rare-book catalogues from his dormitory. In 1964 he was one of two American undergraduates selected for an eight-week Shakespeare symposium at Stratford-on-Avon, graduating the following year with honors in English Renaissance literature. Schiller is the author of a number of journal and magazine articles, including Sendak All Around” (2003), as well as the catalogue Sendak in Asia
(1996), and the books Realms of Childhood
(1988), Digging for Treasure: An Adventure in Appraising Rare and Collectible Children’s Books
(1998), and Pioneering Collectible Children’s Books
(2002). Since 1967 he has compiled catalogues for various museum exhibitions throughout the United States and the world.
DENNIS M. V. DAVID
came to the United States from his native Philippines in 1980 for graduate studies toward a master’s degree in biology. Soon after, he was introduced to the world of rare children’s books and Maurice Sendak. He studied paper conservation and restoration, learned how to research and catalogue old books, and ultimately began doing rare-book appraisal. Following the death of Arnold Lobel and evaluating the artwork in his estate, David collaborated with Justin Schiller to create Battledore Ltd. in 1988 as a business promoting illustration art. The 2013 Maurice Sendak exhibition at the Society of Illustrators also celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of Battledore.
LEONARD S. MARCUS
is among the leading authorities on children’s books and their creators. His own award-winning books include Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon
; Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom
; Minders of Make-Believe
; The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth
; and Show Me a Story!
A frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review
and the Horn Book Magazine
, Marcus is a founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and teaches a popular course on childr