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{Maurice Sendak} Sayer’s Book Corner #11

When I read in the NY Times this morning about Maurice Sendak passing away at age 83, there was a pang in my heart. Anyone that knows me or has been reading this blog, knows my love for this man. I think his contribution to children’s literature, among other things, is incredible & his artistic voice will be sorely missed. I’m only happy to pass it on to Sayer though his books & my memories of first reading them.

{Maurice & Jack Sendak 1956 – from the jacket of Circus Girl}

While I’ve loved his books & illustrations for a long time, it wasn’t until I saw the 2010 documentary, Tell Them Anything You Want, that I became just as interested in him as a person. I learned that Higglety Pigglety Pop! was inspired by his own dog (& his favorite book along with The Night Kitchen) who also makes an appearance in Where the Wild Things Are. He also looked up to his older brother Jack. They wrote stories, drew, & made toys together. Ever since watching this documentary (which I now own & watch from time to time)  I’ve been on a mission to collect his books & learn more. Writing a post about Maurice Sendak is exercising every editing bone in my body right now. I could go on a scanning binge that would keep me occupied for days. But with restraint, here are a few illustrations & thoughts. 

{Illustration from Higglety Pigglety Pop!}
{Illustration from Where the Wild Things Are}
{Self Portrait – LA Times }
My favorite Maurice Sendak discovery/memory was when I was a kid (I’m thinking around middle school). It was a tradition to go to the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s, Nutcracker with my mom & grandma. I remember so vividly the first year that Maurice Sendak did the sets for the ballet. His interpretation is truly stunning & how I will always remember the Nutcracker. My mom bought me the book that year for Christmas. (The nutcracker looks a lot like Sendak’s self portrait don’t you think?)

{Illustration from Nutcracker – story by E.T.A. Hoffman 1984}
I had this idea to have a bit of a Maurice Sendak reading marathon today with Sayer. I explained that it was a nice way to pay tribute to the man who wrote & illustrated so many of our favorite books. When I asked him what book we should start with, the answer was, The Night Kitchen. While we didn’t “read” all of them, we poured through them. Sayer ended the night listening to Carol King’s, Really Rosey cd as he fell asleep.


As you probably noticed, I went away forever. I am very experienced now and very famous. I’m even a star. everyday I eat a mop, twice on Saturday. It’s made of salami and that is my favorite. I get plenty to drink too, so don’t worry. I can’t tell you how to get to Castle Yonder because I don’t know where it is. But if you ever come this way, look for me.   


– Epilogue from Higgley Pigglety Pop


Thanks for years of inspiration Maurice…

Some more Sendak love:
NPR – Fresh Air – interview with Sendak here 
Sayer’s Book Corner #1 – The Nutshell Library – La Petite Magazine – here

{La Petite Magazine} Sayer’s Book Corner #10

My little guy has music in his heart & marches to his own drummer. When I heard about the book Symphony City by Amy Martin – it piqued my curiosity. The book description reads, “Symphony City is an exciting adventure story for children and parents who love music, art, and big imagination.” Yep, that is us in a nutshell! So I bought it for Sayer after he went to the symphony with his grandma.

Each beautiful page of the book takes us on an adventure by following the sound of music all throughout the city. Let’s take a little peek…

Symphony City reminds us that there is music & color everywhere – which is a message that I absolute love. As a complete bonus, the book jacket unfolds to a poster of the image that Sayer is looking at in the photo above (it’s his favorite in the book along with the drummer). This book is a perfect fit for story time in our house.

* Oh & on a fashion note:  
Along with loving music, Sayer really loves color too. Which is  why he likes to wear bright colors. His pants, tee, raincoat & socks are all from our favorite,  Polarn O. Pyret  (they have awesome sales – like right now).

Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading… 

You can view Sayer’s Book Corner at La Petite Magazine as well. 

{La Petite Magazine} Sayer’s Book Corner # 9

All curled & cozy in bed while reading bunny books- does it get any better? With Easter right around the corner, we have been diving into my vintage pile of rabbit books for some hopping adventures. Sayer’s all chilled out & reading Whitman Giant Tell-A-Tale Book: Peter Rabbit, illustrated by Rod Ruth (1963). Let’s hop down memory lane & check out  a few more… 
 Wonder Books
Sonny the Lucky Bunny, pictures by Art Seiden (1952) & The Hungry Bunny, pictures by Bea Rabin Seiden (1951)

Little Golden Books
Duck and his Friends pictures by Richard Scarry (1949) & Rabbit and his Friends by Richard Scarry (1953)

One of my all time favorite books is, The Velveteen Rabbit  by Margery Williams. I still think about this book when I’m making plush critters in my studio & wonder if a child will ever make my creations real. 

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become REAL. It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. Generally, by the time you are REAL, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are REAL you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” (page 17)

Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend! 

You can view all of Sayer’s Book Corner at La Petite Magazine as well – #9 is here.

{La Petite Magazine} Sayer’s Book Corner #8

Kiki, our beautiful grey kitty, was my first muse & was just a kitten when I started KLTworks. Needless to say, she has a very special place in my heart. So much so, I bought Sayer the book, Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes when I found out I was pregnant. This book about a curious, adventurous, & persistent kitty was an immediate favorite in our house- we actually renamed it, Kiki’s First Full Moon. Sayer wanted to share some of the books highlights with you…

You can tell by the worn pages, how much this book has been read. This brave & inquisitive kitty has a way of melting your heart- especially if you have a kitty of your own. 
Thanks for stopping by- see you next week!

Tee: KLTworks 
Pure Pixie 
Olive Juice

You can view this post over at La Petite Magazine as well…. 

{La Petite Magazine} Sayer’s Book Corner # 7

It’s officially spring (although you wouldn’t know it by our weather this week) & it’s time to pump up the bike tires & plan some riding adventures. Find out about the adventure Sayer is reading about over at La Petite Magazine. Sayer’s Book Corner is up…. 

{La Petite Magazine} Sayer’s Book Corner #6

Sayer is all bundled up & ready for storytime. He even has some Extra Yarn. Find out about our new favorite book over a La Petite Magazine- Sayer’s Book Corner is up!

{La Petite Magazine} Sayer’s Book Corner #5

Find out what book the fox in the night hides in over at La Petite Magazine. Sayer’s Book Corner is up!

{La Petite} Sayer’s Book Corner #4…

What’s the book that is inspiring all of this drawing you ask? Here’s a hint…. it was my favorite drawing book when I was a kid.  Find out over at La Petite Magazine – Sayer’s Book Corner #4 is up!

{La Petite} Sayer’s Book Corner #3

Where is Sayer heading today? Could it be a walk to Paris? Head on over to La Petite to find out! Sayer’s Book Corner #3 is up… 

{La Petite} Sayer’s Book Corner #2

What is Sayer talking about in this picture? Pop on over to La Petite Magazine & find out. Sayer’s Book Corner #2 is up!