We’re All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy

By Maurice Sendak

Published by Harper Collins 1993

Another classic from Sendak, who takes two traditional Mother Goose rhymes and ingeniously blends them together with illustrations to create meaning and a new interpretation.  The book ends up being a commentary on homelessness and other social problems, and in the book, the homeless children end up taking care of themselves as best as they can.  A grim topic with a lighter edge, you never feel like there is no hope.

A great book for using with middle and high school English students regarding poetry interpretation as well as using for talking about social issues in the media in social studies and current events classes.

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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