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In the Night Kitchen (Caldecott Collection) Hardcover – January 18, 1996
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Having said that, I give this book five stars because my daughter LOVES this book. I sometimes have to hide it at night because I'm so tired of reading the "Mickey" book. Apparently Sendak knows an awful lot about what children like and how their minds work, because my daughter seldom tires of the story. (Her favorite part is when Mickey takes the measuring cup and goes up and up over the Milky Way.)
I'm honestly a little surprised over the "nekkid" controversy. It's not like the boy is drawn in explicit detail! My daughter's seen boy babies getting their diapers changed, so the concept of a penis is HARDLY frightening/startling/damaging to her. Geez, lighten up people!
Also, for those who were complaining about the concept of cake for breakfast, why don't we consider how many American children get French toast, pancakes, donuts, poptarts, or sugar-coated cereals for breakfast? Hardly nutritionally superior to cake, so I'm not lying in bed at night obsessing about the poor nutritional messages this book is sending to my child. :-)
Mickey's journey is startling, evocative, and totally convincing as a dream. His story gets deep under your skin because Sendak plays with the tension between some of the most powerful oppositions in childhood: the unknown versus the familiar, vulnerability versus security, dependence versus empowerment, creativity versus consumption. Yet the tone is light, playful, and encouraging.
Besides being a joyous read, this book is perfect for the developing mind because it encourages physical creativity to solve problems: the scene in which Mickey molds the cake-batter into an airplane is pure genius. And his actions blend surrealism, initiative, altruism, and a celebration of the self in a way that no other picture book I've ever seen has. Children will be deeply and wonderfully affected, even if it takes them years to figure out why.
One night, Mickey hears an awful racket and by a process of falling and clothing removal finds himself in cake batter. The cake batter is in a gigantic bowl tended by three cooks who each bear a striking resemblance to Oliver Hardy. Mistaking Mickey for milk (it could happen to anyone) they mix the batter up with him in it and pop it into the oven. The baking doesn't work though and Mickey, now clothed in a suit of cake batter, fashions a small bi-plane out of bread dough.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A classic, one of my children and grandchildren's favorites. "I'm MIckey!" is heard often in our house.Published 8 days ago by S. Farrar
A standalone picture book with warm and cozy illustrations of a populated kitchen with an heroic Mickey dreaming to the rescue. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kathy Davie
Not a big fan of this book for a couple reasons: I don't really like the story (big fan of the author otherwise) and I don't really like the illustartions (dark, dreary). Read morePublished 16 days ago by cait butler
I bought this book a week ago, read it once with my granddaughter and we both agreed it was not worth keeping or sharing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Penelope
One of our favorite books. My kids bring it to me and I love reading it to them. In fact, my 3 year old has memorized it and reads it to her 2 year old brotherPublished 1 month ago by Ashley
Good grief... I really struggle to understand how people can enjoy this book. It was really, really strange... in a way none of us appreciated. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K.S.
Kids love the story and pictures. Be prepared for attention and snickering at the pages where the boy is drawn naked.Published 2 months ago by Barbara J Walsh
I bought this book 30 years ago for my son, and now again for my grandaughter....one of my favorites!Published 3 months ago by G. G. Drewes