Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sendak supplemental

In my praise of my favorite Maurice Sendak work yesterday, I managed to forget that I first encountered and became fond of it in the form of his illustrations for picture books with words by other writers: the amusing process-oriented infinitive-filled definitions of A Hole Is To Dig by Ruth Krauss (which courtesy of the publisher you may browse here) and the etiquette parodies of What Do You Say, Dear? and What Do You Do, Dear? by Sesyle Joslin (similarly here and here).

These light witty drawings appeal to me much more than the most renowned Sendak of his Great Mythic Period, the likes of Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen.

1 comment:

  1. My favorite of his was "The Bee-Man of Orn" by Frank R. Stockton and I'd almost forgotten it till you mentioned his work with other writers.