The Big Green Book

The Big Green Book Jack finds a book of spells and uses them to gain the upper hand over annoying grownups

  • Title: The Big Green Book
  • Author: Robert Graves Maurice Sendak
  • ISBN: 9780027367195
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jack finds a book of spells and uses them to gain the upper hand over annoying grownups

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    1. This was such an unusual read and I think that the only reason that I haven't given it a higher rating (Graves & Sendak in the same place is a delight) is because the adults get a bad press! Graves isn't really known for his work for children but rather I, Claudius and The Greek Myths: Vol. 1 This a transgressive story of a lad who's rather spoilt and is annoyed at his uncle and aunt for consistently badgering. He's also fed up of their rabbit-chasing dog (who's very cute in the illustration [...]

    2. I hope to do a more complete review once I find my copy and read it again. Until then, this will have to do.The small boy finds a big green book in his house's attic that holds all sorts of spells and enchantments. With his parents out of the house, he begins practicing and then uses what he knows to play mean tricks on his parents when they return. He does this disguised so they don't know it him. I can't remember how this is resolved but given I like it with that premise, it was done so pretty [...]

    3. I LOVE this book. I read it as a child and was utterly captivated. I've just read it to my 4 year old and he loves it as much as I did then, which is really nice to see. Maurice Sendak's illustrations are a perfect match and it's a fantastic word that he and Robert Graves have created here. Give it a go!

    4. I love being reminded of just how much I love Maurice Sendak. Today's reminder was coming across and reading THE BIG GREEN BOOK by Robert Graves (illustrated by Sendak) while reclassifying books.

    5. Found this little treasure in a used book shopa rare treat with fantastically whimsical illustrations by Maurice Sendak and a charming story. My kids liked this one.

    6. This is adorably dark. Very sad that it got banned and still hasn't been reprinted. Sendak's illustrations are solid, the ending is cute.

    7. Ah, the old fashioned kind of picture book with mischief and mayhem and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, just fabulous, like a little time travel jaunt in itself.

    8. I forgot all about this book until I saw it on Brain Picking's bookshelf! I absolutely loved this as a kid! Have to read it again!

    9. Although immensely prolific in his output, illustrator Maurice Sendak is best remembered only for “Where the Wild things are”. It is easily Sendak’s best work and a classic that has stood the test of time. If you’re really lucky you may also recall “in the Night Kitchen” too… PRH have been publishing some lesser known books and rediscovering these forgotten gems is a real treat. Following on from the delightful “Higglety Pigglety Pop!” and the cheeky “Some Swell Pup” and [...]

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