Wednesday, March 14, 2012
In the Night Kitchen By: Maurice Sendak
So about the book, the main character is a little boy named Mickey. As Mickey is lying in bed he hears "a racket" and falls down into the "light of the night kitchen." In the night kitchen are three bakers that try to bake Mickey into a "A delicious Mickey-cake.". Mickey gets out of the oven and gets covered in bread dough. He makes a dough airplane and flies high into the night sky. Mickey dives into a big bottle of milk and pours the milk into batter below for the bakers morning cake. Mickey then falls back into bed. Ending the tale by saying "And that is why, thanks to Mickey we have cake every morning." Written in 1970 In the Night Kitchen is a Caldecott Honor book. The author Maurice Sendak is probably best known for Where the Wild Things Are another great book. Apparently there is some controversy over the character Mickey in the book being naked in some parts of the book. The pictures are anatomically correct and not vulgar. I simply explained that to my girls and they didn't mention it again. They were too interested in the story.
When we got home from our vacation the Library had the Scholastic DVD of In the Night Kitchen to borrow. We took it home and the girls listened and watched this quirky tale over and over and over again! I have to say that watching the DVD the story started to make a lot more sense to me. He gave the words a melody and I started to see why the girls liked this book so much. Included on that DVD are Where the Wild Things Are, and the Nutshell Kids with songs performed by Carole King. My girls loved it all! We even ended up borrowing a CD of Carole Kings songs featuring a lot of Maurices stories/poems and the kids liked singing along to them!
The Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD series are true to the books so it isn't like sitting your child in front of the mindless "tube" it is like having a narrator for your books!
Check it out : http://newkideo.com/
Cheers to Reading!