eagerly awaiting

maurice sendak, the award winning author & illustrater of “where the wild things are” has just announced that he will be publishing a new pop-up book entitled “Mommy?” in september 2006. the scholastic press release had this to say about the book:

They’re all here! Everybody’s favorite monsters are just going about their business when a plucky little boy wanders into their cuckoo house. And what does he want? He wants Mommy! No matter how scary these monsters are, there’s no besting a little boy who’s looking for his mommy. In one hilarious pop-up extravaganza after another, this kid shows them a thing or two.


until september i will revisit one of my favorite children’s books of all time (in no particular order):

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak:

dr. seuss is a given & sadly i can’t fit all of my favorites on here, but these are musts for me.

dr seuss’s abcs; the cat in the hat; green eggs & ham; & how the grinch stole christmas

corduroy by don freeman; there’s a nightmare in my closet by mercer mayer; the country bunny & the little gold shoes by du bose heyward; harry the dirty dog by gene zion & margaret bloy graham; the tales of uncle remus–nothing beats brer rabbit!

the boy who fooled the giant by tamara kitt currently out of print but is by far my favorite book from my childhood; curious geroge by h.a. rey; the giving tree by shel silverstein; goodnight moon by margaret wise brown;

you didn’t grow up in my family without being settlly reminded of your personality flaws:

spinky sulks by william steig (no one is better suited to recieve this book as me! my family still laughs about me recieving this book); i just forgot by mercer mayer; i was so mad by mercer mayer (i love all of the lil critter books)

a very hungry caterpiller by eric carle; the velveteen rabbit by margery williams; the house at pooh corner by aa milne (the first time you meet tigger! this is winnie the pooh before he was given his disney makeover…i like him best in these books); where the sidewalk ends by shel silverstein

the story of babar by jean de brunhoff (although, now when i think of babar i think of james frey); runny babit by shel silverstein; madeline by ludwig bemelmans

fabulous pop-up books:

america the beautiful by katharine lee bates & robert sabuda; alice’s adventures in wonderland by robert sabuda, lewis carroll; the wonderful wizard by L. frank baum & robert sabuda

books i love that i have recently given as gifts:

this is new york by miroslav sasek (i love all of these books!); new york, new york a-z by laura krauss melmed, frane lessac (illustrater); my puppy book by sandra boynton–the cutest rag book for bubs like my nephew! she also has a great “moo cow book” my nephew would love!

for older kiddies what i read when i wasn’t reading nancy drew and there was no harry potter or the most unfortunate lemony snicket:

charlottes web by e.b. white; a wrinkle in time madeleine l’engle; heidi by johanna spyri

all the books listed here can be found at local book sellers with the exception of the boy who fooled the giant which can be found here

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