Synopses & Reviews
The need for and popularity of books for first grade children to read themselves was proved conclusively by this author and artist's first collaboration—Little Bear
. Children, librarians, teachers, parents, and reviewers were unanimous in their praises. A few of their comments appear on the back flap of this jacket.
Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak have again combined their talents to make a book filled with laughter and adventure. Children will love to find out why Rosa and Willy are like two little alligators (and why Lightfoot and Quickfoot are like two little children!).
They will enjoy the delightful story, be enchanted by the joyous pictures, and be thrilled to have another book of which they can truly say, "I Can Read!"
Sometimes Rosa and Willy behave like the two little alligators in the stories Cousin Joan tells them.
About the Author
Else Holmelund Minarik first introduced readers to her timeless character in the classic Little Bear
. Publication of this book, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak, launched the I Can Read series. This much-loved author continues to write stories for children at her home in North Carolina.
In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.
He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.