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In the Night Kitchen
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Author Maurice Sendak
Illustrator Maurice Sendak
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Harper & Row
Publication date
September 18, 1970
Media type Print
Pages 40
ISBN 978-0060254896
OCLC 103953

In the Night Kitchen is a popular and controversial children's picture book, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, first published in 1970. The book depicts a young boy's dream journey through a surreal baker's kitchen where he assists in the creation of a cake to be ready by the morning. In the Night Kitchen has been described by Sendak as part of a trilogy of books based on psychological development from In the Night Kitchen (toddler) to Where the Wild Things Are (pre-school) to Outside Over There (pre-adolescent). It was a Caldecott Honor recipient in 1971. It was adapted into a five-minute animated short film on January 1, 1987 by Gene Deitch.

Awards received

Written in 1970, it has received the following awards:

  • 1971 Caldecott Honor Book
  • Notable Children's Books of 1940—1970 (ALA)
  • Best Books of 1970 (SLJ)
  • Outstanding Children's Books of 1970 (NYT)
  • Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1970 (NYT)
  • Children's Books of 1970 (Library of Congress)
  • Carey-Thomas Award 1971—Honor Citation
  • Brooklyn Art Books for Children 1973, 1975
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