Sigourney wasn't as captivated by Outside Over There
as she was In the Night Kitchen
. Maybe she was mystified by the story--Young Ida is jealous of her baby sister; she must help care for the baby while her dad's away; cloaked goblins steal the baby while Ida is looking the other direction; the goblins leave an ice sculpted changeling in the baby's place; Ida gets angry and goes to reclaim the baby; Ida overcomes distraction to take her sister back from the goblins who look exactly like the baby; Ida comes to understand that helping her mom take care of the baby is an important task. Not surprisingly with Sendak, this somewhat creepy story includes beautiful illustrations, Grimm-like danger for children, and a happy ending. His inspiration for this story? The kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby!
Sendak teaches us that life may be scary at times, but there's safety and love, too. Yet another children's book recommended for adults.