With Papa off to sea and Mama despondent, Ida must go outside over there to rescue her baby sister from goblins who steal her to be a goblin's bride.
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If you're looking for more magical Maurice Sendak besides Where the Wild Things Are, this is a wonderful little book. The pictures are plentiful and dreamlike. The language of the writing is also kind of dreamlike and strange. It's a good book for a little girl because the heroine, Ida, is a girl. She takes care of her little baby sibling and rescues her after the goblins snatch her away and leave a changeling in her place. I treasure this book as one of my favorites that I used to read to my daughter when she was little, and it's one of my favorite children's books to give as a gift.
I really love the depth of Maurice Sendak and his stories. Outside Over There is a bit of a strange and creepy book, full of deep meanings. Illustrated amazingly by Sendak, it's a story about a girl left somewhat alone to care for her baby sister. Hooded "goblins" steal away her sister right from under her nose and she's not going to have it. Ida does all she can because she loves her sister and knows that she is responsible for any harm that comes to the child. The message at the end is heartwarming and many kids in today's society can relate to having to take care of their family in one way or another.
Reading Maurice Sendak's books has become a new tradition in this grandma's home. I'm embarrassed to say I had never heard of "Where the Wild Things Are" until the 35-year-old attorney I work with mentioned it. I asked my son if he'd heard of it since I had never read it to him as a child, and he too was horrified to learn that it was one book not in the thousands of books catalogued in my memory. Needless to say, I own it now, and it is one of my 3-year-old granddaughter's favorites. That led me to do a little research on Mr. Sendak's other books. Being a huge fan of the movie "Labyrinth," this book was an obvious choice. It too is a huge success with my little one, especially since she has a baby sister and can personalize the story. I highly recommend it.
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