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Making Mischief: A Maurice Sendak Appreciation Hardcover – September 15, 2009
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The New York Times bestselling author of Wicked presents an inspired visual tribute to the work of legendary writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak
Published in 1963 to great critical acclaim, Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Award-winning Where the Wild Things Are has sold millions of copies worldwide, garnered countless awards, and been translated into nineteen languages. In Making Mischief, Gregory Maguire reconsiders Sendak's oeuvre with the same adroit and idiosyncratic scrutiny that allowed him to see a heroine in the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked) and add a charming dimension to the story of the Little Match Girl (Matchless).
An accomplished critic with signal reviews published in the New York Times Book Review and lectures on art delivered at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and at other locations, Maguire examines Sendak's aesthetic influences from William Blake to Walt Disney, revealing the "conversations"—often unconscious and unspoken—that artists have with one another. A master of literary invention himself, Maguire explores recurring motifs in Sendak's life work—from monsters to mayhem—as well as his profound understanding of children, their creativity, and the breadth of emotions with which they encounter the world.
Making Mischief is a gift of the imagination to Maurice Sendak, one of the master mythmakers of our time.
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Sendak was not afraid to confine his drawings--often compacting his settings in a style that is reminiscent of a stage. He focused on the characters, their gesticulations, and the idea of transformation and transcendance. Much like the cluttered studio he apparently worked in, once at the drawing table, his creative oasis transformed into a magical forest filled with endless imagination. "The page is a stage" and this book does an excellent job providing page-turning enticements, revealing a broad spectrum of styles and techniques that Sendak explored over his lifetime. The book is written with a rehearsed scholastic tongue peppered with some heavy-handed language/references that may be off-putting for some.Read more ›
My first impression of Maguire's Sendak Appreciation is tinged with a bit of frustration in that it's yet another example of a trend in publishing these days that tends to irk me, repurposing. The first chapter reads like an extended apology, absolving the writer for his choice of focus and perspective; deciding to cover Sendak's body of as a whole, his influences, and considering a through-line or encompassing theme, yet also deciding to ignore much of what's already been written about the man's work. Maguire chose instead to stick to his own revelations and the connections he made to others' art, which is an interesting and personal approach for the presentation/talk he gave at MIT. Making Mischief is derived from that presentation, and in this repurposing it suffers a bit in its own indulgence.Read more ›
Maurice Sendak has dedicated more than a half-century of his life to weaving tales for children, honoring his audiences and his muses alike by crafting works that stoically stand up to the passage of time, and bring delight to his readers the 10th or 100th time through.
While some serious or highly regarded writers and illustrators may shy away from writing for children, much less choose to devote their careers to this niche, Sendak has been one who had faith in his generations of youthful readers and felt that they deserved the best stories he could provide. He also accords his audience the respect of recognizing the reality of their lives, not sugar-coating or minimizing -- or thinking that they wouldn't appreciate the classic lines of earlier art. Truly, even though he realized his younger readers would not recognize these sources of inspiration, he obviously thought they would feel the emotion and elemental forces of such works. This is why members of my generation, who grew up with his works, savor the comfort of visiting old friends and half-forgotten dreams when reading these stories to the next generation, even as we recognize nuances, artistic echoes and homages our young minds hadn't yet learned as children.Read more ›
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Wonderful , where the wild things are was always a favorite of mine, all of my children and grandchildren have copiesPublished on January 12, 2014 by Robin
Someone bought this book for my 7 year old son. It is full of disturbing nudity including child-pornography-like content. Not suitable for children. Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by S. F.
This is a great book for any Maurice Sendak fan. I have long admired Sendak's stories find the artwork a captivating representation of the mood and feeling of his books. Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by Christine
This is a lovely book which provides an interesting look at Sendak's work. It's not exactly a coffee table book, but it sort of is too. Recommended for Sendak fans.Published on January 27, 2012 by Evan Jacobs
I loved the art in this book, but the text was a little like an over-inflated college essay. While it's an interesting homage to an amazing illustrator, it wasn't anything really... Read morePublished on May 3, 2011 by HersForTheReading
This book is less an appreciation of Sendak's work than a forensic examination of the artist's influences, conscious and perhaps unconscious. Read morePublished on February 9, 2011 by Jeddy 3
Maurice Sendak is a staple of children's literature, much like Dr. Seuss. And, much like Dr. Seuss, there's much more going on in the books than a snappy text and some neat... Read morePublished on May 27, 2010 by DWD's Reviews