A Very Special House by Ruth Krauss
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Talent comes in peaks and valleys, I guess, and this is valley for Sendak and Krauss. It's long on longness, and short on anything interesting. I suppose there is some sort of Harold and the purple crayon going on here, but the crayon in this case is a mustard yellow of incredible ugliness and produces passable cocktail napkin doodles. But not much story. Too bad.
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Jesus, I just realized this was a Caldecott Honor book. The winner that year was The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward, a book I've never actually read, but always looks dull as hell. I guess it was a dull year all around.