Good-night, dear Mr. Sendak, we’ll miss you…

Maurice Sendak, author of the children's book,...

Maurice Sendak, author of the children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are. Sendak was instrumental in the creation of Sesame Street, and attended Lesser’s curriculum seminars in 1968. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our beloved “Wild Thing” has gone back to his island in his little boat where he will undoubtedly be greeted by many a beastie and wild thing who has loved and missed him over many years.  It will be such a loss for those of us still left over here in The Night Kitchen…sleeping in our restless beds, waiting for the bread to be baked and our milk to be poured.
He died yesterday at age 83.
When my children were old enough to sit and listen to music and to my reading to them, I bought Carol King’s rendition of “I’m Really Rosie” and all the other Maurice Sendak books and poems to music.  “Rosie” was a favorite of my daughter’s.  But, I have sung “Chicken Soup” to my children hundreds of times, as well as to my grandchildren and other children, over the course of nearly 40 years. I’ve sung it with passion and acted it out because
I know it by heart.
I most recently bought a set of Mr. Sendak’s tiny library for my youngest grandsons.  One of whom was pictured hiding under a table with a little red one in his tiny hands.
  His dad did the same thing 30 years prior.
Maurice doesn’t age, you see.
“I Don’t Care” kept my grandson, Kellan, on the sofa and quiet when he had a blazing ear infection last year.  He loves to hear me sing it to him whenever we get a chance.
Kellan is sometimes a petulant child, and that poem suits him just fine.  :]
It and he are adorable!
And, “One Was Johnny” used to give us all a run for our money.  I remember all my children and me during the years trying to keep up with that song!
I know all the songs/poems by heart.
I’ve read “Where the Wild Things Are” hundreds of times, have you?  I’ve purchased “wild thing” paraphernalia for my children and grands over the past 40 years, and wished I was young enough to wear them and play with them myself.  Even now, I’d take a Wild Thing stuffed animal, thank you.
So, here’s to you, Mr. Sendak….and, actually,
Hail, to the Chief!
Good-night, dear friend.
My little family and I love you and  will really miss you.

A Small Note About Him from Galley Cat:  (mediabistro.com)
Brooklyn-born children’s writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak. Sendak grew up in Bensonhurst and graduated Lafayette High School before going on to create wildly popular works—often dark and with an edge—like Where the Wild Things Are, which won him the prestigious Caldecott Medal. Even before his passing, the Brooklyn Book Festival had planned to honor Mr. Sendak with a special bookmark given to attendees at this year’s festival on September 23, a fitting tribute from Brooklyn—the Creative Capital of New York City and home to more writers per square inch than anywhere—to one of its native sons. On behalf of literary lovers throughout Brooklyn and beyond, I extend our thoughts and prayers to Maurice Sendak’s family, friends and colleagues.”
Please take time to read about him in this long,  dedicated article on Mr. Sendak  by The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html?_r=1

Deborah/TheBookishDame

Please leave your comments.    Do you  have a favorite memory of Mr. Sendak’s works?

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Bookish Dame turns 60 and talks Readers

 

It's good to be bookish!

Ahhh, it’s been a long and fruitful 55 years of reading and stacking beloved books in my arms, around myself,  on my tables, in my bed, on my bookcases, and in my dreams, etc….   Now, with the new age of darling “readers,”  I’m enjoying just another way to love my books and to carry them with me in stacks and multiples.   Yes, I’m a Kindle-lover….as you know, my Kindle – Miss Stella – is one that practically never leaves my side.

I have to say, it’s also a sheer wonder to be able to have Amazon.com give us their free online reader and the option to have our ebooks sent to it so we can read from our laptops when we’d like to.  I love the size of text I can get there, and that I can store even more books, don’t you know!  😛    ‘though I believe you have to have a Kindle or two to be able to access this option.

The best new find I’ve made this year has to be the ability to download ebooks free from my public library and other libraries across the Nation onto my laptop.  I’m so thrilled to have this new (to me) resource for the latest ebooks and audio books without charge.  What a treasure trove.   The downside to this is that Amazon does not include this feature on our Kindles at this time.  Rats! 

Barnes & Noble,  allows one to download their  online reader and actually purchase B&N ebooks, and get free samples of books; and, one does not have to own a Nook reader to do this.  The Nook is fast becoming the “new girl in school” with its capacity to purchase ebooks, to download audio books, and to download books for free from local and national libraries.  In addition, it offers its own awesome, designer covers  to carry it in (I love the Kate Spade cover, myself).  Those nookish babies seem to have it all.   The Nook’s audio book option comes in handy for getting those free audios from libraries, as well.  Sigh….   It makes one think of having a sister for Miss Stella.  Maybe we could call her Newella…I wouldn’t want to call her Cinderella, just because her inventors gave her a name that’s used and abused in a nookie-ish way.  :[     Until we had this new library access, the step-sister of readers, The Nook, was just a shadow of her sister, Kindle!   ;0

We can’t move on without discussing the Sony Reader, can we?  I don’t know much about this one.  I hear it’s quite similar to the Nook.  Can somebody give it a rating in comments here?    My  son gave my daughter one for Christmas, and she’s just getting around to using it.  Those who have formerly lacked the cash to purchase ebooks on Kindle and other readers, now have that library downloading option which Sony also enjoys….so this has made a difference in peoples’ lives.   I think we’ll see more of this  Reader out there very soon.   

My only question is this— if Dell and Apple can make their computers and laptops in such yummy colors, why can’t the eReaders make theirs appealing in this way, too?    Are you listening Amazon????

Now, finally, let me get to my Book List for the early Summer. 

In the category of Vampirish Books I have the following lined up for Summer reading:

Halfway to the Grave;   At Grave’s EndDestined for an Early Grave;  and One Foot in the Grave:  Night Huntress Novels  by Jeaniene Frost    These novels tell the story of a young woman who is half human and half vampire….she hunts vampires for a living with her lover, Bones, who is a vampire hunter, himself.  Go figure.  I love the first book, so far.

Skin Trade; Bullet; and Burnt Offerings:  by  Laurell K. Hamilton     This really should go into a sex and the vampire/werewolf/masochistic/sado/hunter/shape shifter/nuvo- syfy/ mystery category.   Get my drift?  ( That’s a ’60’s saying, Children)

SyFy, Psychic Mystery/Thrillers of a Strange Nature:     Through Violet Eyes  by Stephen Woodworth   There is a series of these books about the Violet Eyed people which I’m anxious to get through.  The violet eyed ones have the capacity to channel dead people and are used by the Gov’t to hunt killers and such.   Great reads by a good author.

Novels of the Straight and Narrow Sort:    “Rush Home Road”  by Lori Lansens    She also wrote “The Girls,” which I very strongly recommend to my bloggish readers!  It’s a fabulous novel about conjoined twin girls growing up.  Thus, anything Lori writes is on my reading list.  This “Rush Home…” has gotten great reviews from my daughter and friends.

“Lion’s Gate” and “Lion”  by Nelson DeMille    Nelson the Great    Nelson the Man Writer…..I love Nelson.  I hope there’s not a lonely, illiterate soul out there who hasn’t read a Nelson DeMille book.  If so, please start with “Charm School.”    Please don’t tell anyone if you haven’t read any of his books, yet.  It will be scandalous.

A Novel of Unusual Taste:  Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.    All I can say about this one is go quickly….I can’t think of a more urgent word at the moment….just rush…to a library website and download this book.   It is so fabulous, so funny and so avant garde that you’ll stay home from work to read it.   Be quick about it….OMG, you’re going to love me for this recommendation.   I was laughing through the whole thing!   It’s a sort of humor with a skeleton attached that you’ll die for.   Does that make sense?   You’ll just have to see for yourself.

City of God, a Novel of Passion and Wonder in Old New York, by Beverly Swerling.   And I quote the LA Times here, “A whopping saga…whose every strange chapter–teeming with bizarre medicine, slave uprisings, executions, thriving brothels, and occasional cannibalistic Indians–brings forth shocks of recognition.”       I don’t know about you, but I don’t seem to ” recognize”  any of those things just about now; however, I’m willing and hell-bent for leather to find out about them!!!

Books I Need To Read and/or ReRead for My Continuing Education:     “Tree of Smoke,”  a National Book Award Winner, by Denis Johnson;     “Matterhorn:  A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Malantes;   Columbine by Dave Cullen;  “To The Lighthouse,”  by Virginia Woolf

Classics:    “The Tenant of Windfell Hall,”  by Anne Bronte;    Selected Stories by Edith Wharton

So, that’s my Summer Reading list at this time.  You know I’m adding as I go along and not listing things, I’m sure.  I have my little M&M chocolate peanut sins like the J.R. Ward Brotherhood vampires to keep me warm, and others like it.   And, I love the ocassional Georgette Heyer or the like, Regency romances with a touch of mystery to loosen things up a bit around here.    Also,  who can resist anything new from the greatest forensic and women detective authors like Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs and Karin Slaughter?

I have to go now….have to watch the new episode of  “True Blood,” that I’ve recorded for tonight.  Can’t wait to see what Sookie Stackhouse is up to. 

Tell me all about your new reads and what you think of mine….and vampires….and Sookie….and Edith Wharton, etc.    I’m listening.

Your Bookish Dame

60th Birthday

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