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In the Night Kitchen

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Author: Maurice Sendak

Illustrator: Maurice Sendak

SENDAK, Maurice. In the Night Kitchen. [NY]: Harper & Row [1970]. 4to, [40]pp. White speckled cloth with color pictorial label affixed to the front. Mustard endpapers; color illustrations on every page. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (no medal affixed). Scarce in this enviable condition.

First edition. 1971 Caldecott Honor Book! This poignant and gorgeously illustrated picture book follows Mickey as he wanders through a surrealist dreamscape, where he must help three bakers (all styled after Oliver Hardy) bake a cake. This book was included on the list of 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books by the ALA. Sendak named his character Mickey after Mickey Mouse, who like Sendak, arrived in 1928!