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In the Night Kitchen (Caldecott Collection) Paperback – January 18, 1996
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The story of Mickey's nighttime adventure in the bakers' kitchen is "a highly original dream fantasy [with] deliciously playful illustrations [and a] chantable, easily remembered text. Pure delight for young children."--"BL."
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Notable Children's Books of 1940--1970 (ALA)
Best Books of 1970 (SLJ)
Outstanding Children's Books of 1970 (NYT)
Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1970 (NYT)
Children's Books of 1970 (Library of Congress)
Carey-Thomas Award 1971--Honor Citation
Brooklyn Art Books for Children 1973, 1975
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Upon receiving this book, it came back to me that this story is just odd. However, my 2 year old daughter is ENAMORED with it. After reading it around the 3rd time, I began to really enjoy it, much like Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are."
It is really quite a beautifully, simple story of a fantastic dream and it seems, at least from reading about the book further (and its controversies) to be dissected too much, as if a book with a child being naked HAS to have some deep meaning to it.
Take it for what it is... innocence and dream.
GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS and FUN illustrations. I love seeing all the little hidden things.
Yes, the little boy is naked at times, and yes, you see his penis. If you think that's a big deal, nothing I'm going to say is going to convince you otherwise. But I am going to say that the nudity is not incidental. One of the primary delights of this book (and of dreaming for that matter) is it's sensory aspects - the great visuals of the city made of pantry items, the wonderful smells of baking, and of course, the feeling of food. If you have a kid you know that they love to play with food. Imagine how awesome it would be to roll around naked in cake batter, wear a cake suit, and go swimming in a big bottle of milk!
I love this book, and have loved it for 30-some years. My little girl loves it too, and I hope she will read it to her kids as well!
BTW, if you are a fan of the book, don't miss Stephen Colbert's discussion with Sendak on the Report [...]