In the Night Kitchen

By Maurice Sendak

Published by Harper and Row, 1970

A young boy named Mickey cannot sleep, and falls into the Night Kitchen, where three bakers attempt to bake him into a cake in place of the milk they need.  Mickey saves the day by flying in his dough plane to the milky way and pours the milk into the batter.  And that is why we have cake for breakfast every morning.

No curricular connections.  Known for its book challenges because the book contains full nudity of a small boy, and worth discussion for older audiences.

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

Accessed: Augusta County Library



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