It's A Good Thing We Can't Remember Most Of Our Dreams
Here's what happens in In The Night Kitchen. A little kid falls asleep and floats up to a magical giant kitchen where he falls into a bowl and GETS BAKED INTO A CAKE! He somehow survives, flies a plane made out of batter, gets stripped naked and chased around by three identical Oliver Hardys wearing chef's clothes. It sounds more like a fever dream than a kid's book. That's some HP Lovecraft type stuff right there.
Imagination > Boredom
Yeah, boredom sucks. But if you just try hard enough (and own a pair of kickass wolf pajamas), you can turn your bedroom into a forest and become the king of monsters. And if you tell me that you never wanted to be the king of monsters, then you, sir, are a liar.
Also, sub-lesson: Threatening to eat someone up is not polite, no matter how much you love them.
Fact: everyone needs to be able to count. But in Sendak's world, it's not to count boring stuff like money or marbles or fingers. You need to count to be able to keep track of the crazy shit that keeps bursting into your house. How else will you know when the tiger selling clothes shows up? Also, what kind of crappy robber just takes a shoe? That turtle's probably worth way more on the black market, man.
Goblins Want To Steal Your Baby Sister
The most important lesson Sendak ever gave: if weird hooded homunculi come to take your little sister away, maybe put down the french horn for a minute and deal with it. Goblin-based baby thefts are a growing problem in this country.
It's Better To Care
Because otherwise you might get eaten by a lion.
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Patience is overrated...
Patience is overrated...
- Rest In Peace Mr. Sendak. Though I always thought that little French bastard deserved being eaten by that Lion. But that's just me.
- Where the hell is Little Bear? The kid ran around naked while his whole family had clothes!
- Does Home Invasion, only takes one shoe.
- Well done, and RIP Ezra Stiles fellow Maurice Sendak.
- So true. Thank you, Mr. Sendak
- Too funny! I love it.
- I watched Sendak's interview on the Colbert Report. It was good. He said that he didn't write kids books, he just wrote. He was told they were kids books, and that is what they were sold as, so he went with it. He was making a living doing what he needed to do, who cares if someone else defined what his art form was called? I like him. I hope he is at peace, no matter what comes next.
- Really creative wonderful stuff and not scary like real Fairy Tales!
- Imagination is greater than boredom! Thanks, MS!
- Thanks for this wonderful post Alex.....from one who used to read to others on carpet squares ......Wally