Synopses & Reviews
"The late Sendak received a Caldecott Honor in 1960 for his paintings of a group of children cavorting by moonlight in this quiet story from Udry, which is being rereleased in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are in 2013. Sendak's images alternate between small, squarish, b&w vignettes an owl perched on a branch, a woman and her husband poring over a book indoors and full-bleed scenes of the children's nocturnal play, as they dance and tumble like Matisse figures on the lawn. The hushed quality of Udry's prose ('The warm night-wind tosses our hair. The wind chimes stir') is a lovely companion to the deep blues, greens, and purples of Sendak's paintings, giving the story an enchanting sense of nighttime magic and possibility. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"For [children] who have not yet played hide-and-seek at dusk among the trees, and marveled at their long shadows on the grass, this vivid account of what one family of children did will be a fascinating experience."--"San Francisco Chronicle." A Caldecott Honor Book. Full-color illustrations.
Four years before Where the Wild Things Are won the Caldecott Medal, Maurice Sendak produced some of his most spectacular artwork for The Moon Jumpers. Printing technology has greatly improved since this enchanting picture book was first released more than fifty years ago, and now, with new color separations, the reproduction of Maurice Sendak's artwork comes closer to his stunning originals than ever before. Sendak's wondrous starry skies and Janice May Udry's evocative text immediately transport us back to cool, moonlit nights and fill us with the universal warmth of childhood. The Moon Jumpers' timeless beauty and inspiration earned it a Caldecott Honor in 1960 and will surely gather a new generation of fans.
About the Author
Mrs. Udry's first book, A Tree Is Nice
, illustrated by Marc Simont, won the 1957 Caldecott Award for the most distinguished American picture book. Mrs. Udry is also the author of Glenda
, Let's Be Enemies
(also illustrated by Maurice Sendak), Mary Ann's Mud Day
, The Mean Mouse and Other Mean Stories
, and Thump and Plunk
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.