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Angels and Wild Things


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John Cech is Professor of English at the University of Florida, USA, Director of the University of Florida's Center for Children's Literature and Culture, and a past president of the Children's Literature Association.


"[Cech] meshes a variety of critical approaches with biographical and autobiographical substance to progress through Sendak's work. . . . The largely chronological organization of the book traces the emergence of Sendak's child archetype and maps the exploration and expansion of it. Cech consistently alludes to the historical and cultural influences on the artist, from family to self, from Mickey Mouse to Judy Garland, from Blake to Mozart. In Sendak, Cech divines the child as empowered and vulnerable, as innocent and experienced-a liberating idea."-Cathryn M. Mercier, Horn Book Magazine

"Cech delivers a sophisticated analysis that delves into Sendak's writing and pictures and the rich symbolism of his work, all for the purpose of capturing the 'unique Sendakian child.' . . . Sendak, Cech claims, 'takes adults back to their [childhoods] and allows children to fully claim their own.' This fascinating study, which includes a generous supply of black-and-white illustrations, a twelve-page inset of full-color reproductions, and a complement of notes, will give students of children's literature and devotees of Sendak the chance to follow the trail."-Barbara Elleman, Booklist

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