With the same adroit scrutiny that enabled him to recognize a heroine in the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire,New York Times bestselling author of Wicked, reconsiders the oeuvre of the incomparable Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are). Making Mischief pays tribute to the visionary author and illustrator, his profound understanding of children, and his stunningly imaginative and groundbreaking work that carried the picture book so much higher and farther than it had ever flown. A beautifully designed, endlessly fascinating volume, Making Mischief is one master mythmaker’s heartfelt appreciation of another.
“At once a serious survey of Maurice Sendak’s antecedents and a playful accounting of his preoccupations and themes, Making Mischief, in its subject and in its form, is a joyful, loving, intelligent celebration of that rare and wonderful thing: originality.”
“Erudite and imaginative. . . . Maguire’s appreciation is rooted in his subject’s own appreciation of such artists as Randolph Caldecott, William Blake, Phillip Otto Runge, Winsor McCay, and a host of others. [A] beautifully conceived, gracefully written, and lovingly considered tribute.”
“Refreshing. . . . Maguire arranges a bounty of favorite or rare illustrations into five playful and accessible essays. This fitting and witty homage gives ample evidence for Maguire’s contention that ‘the word genius isn’t grade inflation.’”