Since our almost 3 year old daughter keeps saying "Read the Sendak!" ever since we brought In the Night Kitchen
home from the library, it must be good. It's a Caldecott winner after all, and one of the most banned books of all time. The child protagonist spends a significant chunk of the book ... wait for it ... NAKED! Audible gasp! And there's danger here. Three portly chefs with Hitler moustaches try to bake a protesting Mickey into a breakfast cake. This surreal scene becomes even more meaningful once you've learned that Sendak used his family's tragic experience during the Holocaust as inspiration. As with all of his books, the child ends up safe, this time back in his own bed. A weird, thought-provoking, beautifully illustrated work. I'm glad Sigourney's been demanding encores aplenty. Read it even without your children present!