New book unearthed from author of Where The Wild Things Are, five years after his death.

by |July 10, 2017

While the name Maurice Sendak may not instantaneously ring a bell, the below book certainly will. Maurice Sendak is the author and illustrator of Where The Wild Things Are (1963), a man considered by many as the most influential picture book creator of the 20th century.

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Now, five years after his death, a manuscript has been discovered for another book he co-authored, with both text and illustrations complete. Named Presto and Zesto in Limboland, it was discovered by the Maurice Sendak Foundation’s president Lynn Caponera while she was going through the late artist’s files last year. It was then that she unearthed the handwritten manuscript co-authored by Sendak and his frequent collaborator Arthur Yorinks.

Picture from Presto and Zesto in Limboland, ©2017 by the Maurice Sendak Foundation.

Presto and Zesto in Limboland will be published in 2018, making it the third time Sendak and Yorinks have published a book together after The Miami Giant (1995) and Mommy? (2006). In addition to these stories, they co-founded the Night Kitchen Theater.

Presto and Zesto in Limboland was created in 1990 to accompany a London Symphony Orchestra performance of Leoš Janáček’s Rikadla, a 1927 composition that set a series of nonsense Czech nursery rhymes to music.

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
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