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I seem to recall reading somewhere that there was additional concern because of the supposed symbolism of beating the dough, Mickey's "rising" to the milk bottle (and the milk itself) -- something about masturbation, etc. I can't remember the full nonsense, but to me that seems to stem more from a homophobic response to Sendak himself rather than the content of the actual book, which is definitely weird and not for everyone, but also strangely delightful. (I've always loved the rhythm of it, the pleasure of reading it aloud.)

Thank you, of course, for the shoutout. (It's like being in the NY Times -- MENTIONED ON TIME TRAVEL KITCHEN! 😉)

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Crazy times we live in! I had Sendak for a children's book illustration class at Parsons. He always complained about librarians.

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Great piece, Jolene!

I do have to wonder whether these hyper-sensitive librarians (and all the other folks who support book bans) dress and undress every day inside their closets. Shucks. We’ve all “got ‘em.” Why such terror of nudity?

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This unlocked a core memory for me!! I had a VHS version of “In The Night Kitchen” that I watched when I was little. And come to think of it, I never thought the nudity was weird was a kid. There were other parts that creeped me out about it, but I liked the story. It wasn’t until I was older that I started to think “ew, what the heck??!”

And thank you for highlighting Jose Andres’ wonderful work. He’s a legend in DC, where I Iived for years. It seems that whenever something goes wrong in the world, he shows up to make sure people are, at the very least, fed.

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LOVE everything about this!

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When I taught theater to kids in an after school program in Sheepshead Bay, we did Where the Wild Things Are as a play with the 2nd graders. I'd put on music when it was time for the wild rumpus to begin!

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This book is *literally* sitting in my living room right now, as I’m unpacking a box of old children’s books. It was one of our family’s favorites when my brother and I were kids!

I adore that you’ve paired this reading with such a mouthwatering-looking cake...aaand now I’m hungry. 🤤🍰 Off to reread this + and enjoy a snack alongside it!

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I so love this book (obviously, lol). This is wonderful, Jolene!

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Oct 18, 2023Liked by Jolene Handy

I loved this book as a kid, but when I was pregnant with my son, my “day job” was as a pastry chef and this book was one of my baby shower gifts from my boss. 💗

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Another really fine and relevant post, Jolene! I always loved reading In the Night Kitchen to my son when he was small (as well as Where the Wild Things Are). Sendak was so funny and scary and captured the quintessential fears of childhood--and adulthood--so well. It’s almost a hoot (if it weren’t so sinister) to think of banning a book over a baby’s bare bottom when the world is awash in people hunting others for simply being born a particular religion, race or nationality.

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This brings back memories! One of my favourite books as a child.

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A joy in dark times. Thank you, Jolene

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Such strange times and hard to understand that some librarians, whose role I thought was to open minds, are so intent on closing them. And I've never made milk cake before, so I'm going to give it a go.

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Thanks for the shout out!

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Oct 18, 2023Liked by Jolene Handy

Thanks for this bit of sweetness, Jolene❤️

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Oct 17, 2023Liked by Jolene Handy

Thanks Jojo… Loved this one.

Love you 😘

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