In the Night Kitchen
published in 1996

Details

Appropriate age:
Young Kid (age 5-7)
Reading level:
Grade 1
Genres: Adventure, Fiction, Fantasy
Subjects: Magic, Bedtime, School, Values

Description

When asked, Maurice Sendak insisted that he was not a comics artist, but an illustrator. However, it's hard to not notice comics aspects in works like In the Night Kitchen. The child of the story is depicted floating from panel to panel as he drifts through the fantastic dream world of the bakers' kitchen. Sendak's use of multiple panels and integrated hand-lettered text is an interesting contrast to his more traditional children's books containing single-page illustrations such as his wildly popular Where the Wild Things Are.