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In The Night Kitchen
Title: In the Night Kitchen
Author: Maurice Sendak
Illustrator: Maurice Sendak
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication year: 1970
Brief Summary: From Scholastic-“Sendak’s classic comic fantasy of Mickey’s adventures in the night kitchen tells us how we get our morning cake.”
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – This book would be great to use as a read-aloud but I am not sure of any particular curriculum need this could fulfill. Additionally, this book might not even be in circulation in a school library because of the year of publication, depending on that school’s weeding policy.
Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – This is a fantastical, dream voyage of one little boy as he navigates the night kitchen and as such, could help a child expand their own imagination. Or children could simply laugh at the absurdity that Mickey finds himself in. The illustrations are done in comic panels, and even have conversation bubbles in some scenes, allowing for a quick read.