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Re-Sendakify Sendak Project: The Results

Previously on A Fuse #8 Production . . .

In 2012 I came up with a crazy idea.  We all love Dr. Seuss.  We all know his work.  So for fun I asked folks to illustrate a scene from their favorite Seuss book in the style of a different children’s author.  The result: The Re-Seussification Project.  And that, ladies and gentlemen, was going to be the end of that.

Then Phil Nel had a notion.

What if The Niblings (Travis from 100 Scope Notes, Phil from Nine Kinds of Pie, Jules from Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, and myself) were to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication date of Where the Wild Things Are?  Truthfully, we didn’t know the precise date that it hit bookstore and library shelves nationwide.  What we did know was that it was in the fall, possibly October.  So October 15th just seemed a good stand-in date to celebrate.  Today you will find that each one of us has come up with an interesting and original way of celebrating the man and his legend.  In my particular case, I do it by exploiting the talents of others.  I feel no shame.

Back in April, you see, I put out the call.  Folks were to redo a scene from a Sendak illustration in the style of another artist in the field.  It could be something he illustrated, something he wrote, anything.  I wondered if folks would all do the same books and illustrators or if they’d shake it up a bit.  I never expected what I received.  You’re in for a treat.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . . the results!

Where the Wild Things Are in the style of Saul Bass

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Art by Jim Averbeck

 

Alligators All Around in the style of Tomie de Paola

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Art by Bernie Mount

 

Where the Wild Things Are in the style of Jules Feiffer

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Art by Nick Bruel

Where the Wild Things Are in the style of Oliver Jeffers

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Art by Ken Min

 

In the Night Kitchen in the style of Kevin Henkes

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Art by Susanne Lamb

Where the Wild Things Are in the style of Clement Hurd

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Art by Airlie Anderson

 

Where the Wild Things Are in the style of Crockett Johnson

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Art by Minh Le

 

Really Rosie in the style of Ezra Jack Keats

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Art by Cecilia Cackley

 

Where the Wild Things Are in the style of Robert Lawson

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Art by Mike Boldt

 

Chicken Soup With Rice in the style of Felicia Bond

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Art by Deirdre Jones

 

Where the Wild Things Are in the style of Miroslav Sasek

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Art by Nancy Vo

 

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm in the style of Miroslav Sasek

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(For those of you unfamiliar with the original, Mr. Burks was kind enough to pass along the original Sendak image, seen here:)

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Art by James Burks

 

Bumble-Ardy in the style of Richard Scarry

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Art by K-Fai Steele

 

Pierre in the style of Chris Van Allsburg

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Art by Nathan Hale

And that might have been the end, had I not received the following email from Bernie Mount, a librarian at the St. Rita Catholic School:

“So, I had my 7th grade students try their hand at the Re-Sendakify project.  It’s funny to see them try to think outside the box and really grasp the concept . . . They had a good time and I was happy to introduce them to Maurice Sendak.  It was amazing how many of them only knew “Where the Wild Things Are” and some only the movie version.”

Well, with an intro like that I couldn’t help but wonder what the kids had come up with.  I’m grateful to anyone that turns one of my pet projects into a school assignment.  What’s also very interesting to me here is that at least two of the kids’ images think along the same lines as the artists above.  It makes you wonder what it is about certain illustrators that you would naturally equate Pierre with Van Allsburg or Harold with Max.  Here, in any case, is the work of some truly talented kids:

A Hole is to Dig in the style of Kevin Henkes

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Analee A., Savana S., and Gabby S.

 

Where the Wild Things Are in the style of Crockett Johnson

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Quinn B., Kevin P., & Matthew W.

 

Little Bear’s Visit in the style of Jon Klassen

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Carson W., Nicholas J., & John Alfred Z.

 

Where the Wild Things Are in the style of Ian Falconer

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Helen H. & Maggie K.

 

One Was Johnny in the style of James Dean

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Maddy M., Paige M., Molly F.

 

Pierre in the style of Chris Van Allsburg

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Lauryn S.

 

Where the Wild Things Are in the style of Melanie Watt

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Christopher R., Barrett L., & Luke H.

Thanks one and all to the talented artists that spend untold gobs of time to put these together.  One could not hope for a better celebration of the man and his works than this.  And be sure to see posts from Travis from 100 Scope Notes, Phil from Nine Kinds of Pie, and Jules from Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast for more 50th anniversary high hilarity.

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Elizabeth Bird About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of NYPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.

Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    This is perhaps the most amazing thing I’ve seen this month.

  2. James Burks says:

    Thanks, Betsy for posting all the awesome pieces. Lots of great stuff.

  3. Nathan Hale says:

    So great!

    Lauryn S. Knows what’s up!

  4. marjorie says:

    SHUT UP with the so much genius!!!!!!!!!!

    I can’t pick a favorite. Do not make me.

  5. laurel says:

    Fetlock Harroway!!

  6. Laura Harrison says:

    Love it, love it, love it!

  7. Laura Harrison says:

    p.s. This artwork (and maybe more?) should be made into a children’s literature/art book. I would buy it immediately. Glorious art.

  8. Bonny Becker says:

    Awesome! So fun. I vote you do Garth Williams next.

  9. Bernie Mount says:

    Thanks so much for including the student art work! They will be so excited to be “published.” I’m impressed by everyone’s work but the Richard Scarry piece in particular brings a smile to my face.

  10. Karen Gray Ruelle says:

    What fun! But just one quibble: Shouldn’t the one in the style of Laura Numeroff actually be in the style of Felicia Bond? (Bond was the illustrator of those mouse and cookie books, and Numeroff was the author.)

  11. Tim says:

    Thank you so much for this–really made my day!

  12. Alyson says:

    Amazing!!!! I wonder if 2nd graders could do this?

  13. Lisa Kropp says:

    Each and every drawing brought a smile to my face as I scrolled down. But I hands down love the student’s artwork the best. What creativity!

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