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Making Mischief

A Maurice Sendak Appreciation


 On Sale: 9/10/2009
 Formats:     Hardback
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With the same adroit scrutiny that enabled him to recognize a heroine in the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked, reconsiders the oeuvre of the incomparable Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are). Making Mischief pays tribute to the visionary author and illustrator, his profound understanding of children, and his stunningly imaginative and groundbreaking work that carried the picture book so much higher and farther than it had ever flown. A beautifully designed, endlessly fascinating volume, Making Mischief is one master mythmaker’s heartfelt appreciation of another.

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The New York Times bestselling author of Wicked presents an inspired visual tribute to the work of legendary writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak

Published in 1963 to great critical acclaim, Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Award-winning Where the Wild Things Are has sold millions of copies worldwide, garnered countless awards, and been translated into nineteen languages. In Making Mischief, Gregory Maguire reconsiders Sendak's oeuvre with the same adroit and idiosyncratic scrutiny that allowed him to see a heroine in the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked) and add a charming dimension to the story of the Little Match Girl (Matchless).

An accomplished critic with signal reviews published in the New York Times Book Review and lectures on art delivered at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and at other locations, Maguire examines Sendak's aesthetic influences from William Blake to Walt Disney, revealing the "conversations"—often unconscious and unspoken—that artists have with one another. A master of literary invention himself, Maguire explores recurring motifs in Sendak's life work—from monsters to mayhem—as well as his profound understanding of children, their creativity, and the breadth of emotions with which they encounter the world.

Making Mischief is a gift of the imagination to Maurice Sendak, one of the master mythmakers of our time.


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Critical Praise for Making Mischief

“One of Gregory Maguire’s proven abilities is to enable us to regard with new eyes works of art so essential, so present, that familiarity and habit almost conceal them. In this sensitive, adventurous, and spectacularly beautiful book, Maguire treats us to a fresh vision of the accomplishments of America’s greatest author/ illustrator of books for children, which is to say one of our country’s most important artists. At once a serious survey of Maurice Sendak’s antecedents and a playful accounting of his preoccupations and themes, Making Mischief, in its subject and in its form, is a joyful, loving, intelligent celebration of that rare and wonderful thing: originality.”
— Tony Kushner

ISBN: 9780061689161; ISBN10: 0061689165; Imprint: William Morrow ; On Sale: 9/10/2009; Format: Hardback; Trimsize: 8 x 10; Pages: 208; $45.00; ; BISAC1:ART009000; BISAC2:LIT000000

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