My Brother's Book by Maurice Sendak

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This is a beautiful tribute to "his noble-hearted brother/ Who he loves more than his own self", but both devastating and devastated.
-Guardian

Synopsis

Fifty years after Where the Wild Things Are was published comes the last book Maurice Sendak completed before his death in May 2012, My Brother's Book. With influences from Shakespeare and William Blake, Sendak pays homage to his late brother, Jack, whom he credited for his passion for writing and drawing. Pairing Sendak's poignant poetry with his exquisite and dramatic artwork, this book redefines what mature readers expect from Maurice Sendak while continuing the lasting legacy he created over his long, illustrious career. Sendak's tribute to his brother is an expression of both grief and love and will resonate with his lifelong fans who may have read his children's books and will be ecstatic to discover something for them now. Pulitzer Prize–winning literary critic and Shakespearean scholar Stephen Greenblatt contributes a moving introduction.

 

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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.
 
Published February 5, 2013 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
on Nov 18 2012

The sharply felt humor and yearning that infuse both the verbal and visual narratives will kindle profound emotional responses in hearts of any age.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Nov 19 2012

To read this intensely private work is to look over the artist's shoulder as he crafts his own afterworld, a place where he lies in silent embrace with those he loves forever.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Feb 14 2013

“My Brother’s Book” has echoes of Shakespeare’s “Winter’s Tale,”...and it contains some of Sendak’s richest and most incantatory language.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Helen Zaltzman on Mar 02 2013

This is a beautiful tribute to "his noble-hearted brother/ Who he loves more than his own self", but both devastating and devastated.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Janice Durante on Feb 05 2013

This last, strange poem of Mr. Sendak’s will likely puzzle young readers, but fans of the author must seek out My Brother’s Book, as it could have been created by only one man in the company of his own literary heroes.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
on Dec 01 2012

Inviting reading and rereading, Sendak’s tribute to his brother is also a final tribute to his own genius.

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Zimbio

Good
on Nov 23 2012

Sendak's tribute to his brother is an expression of both grief and love and will resonate with his lifelong fans.

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