Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Maurice Sendak
Paper Engineer: Matthew Reinhart
Novelty Book
For ages 5 to 8
Scholastic, 2006   ISBN: 978-0439880503

A little boy walks into a very strange house, and what a house it is! There is a bizarre looking glass apparatus on a table, a bag of hands on the floor, and a very unfriendly looking creature peaking down the chimney; not to mention the fact that there is a decidedly demented looking man standing in the center of the room. But is the little boy troubled by all of this? He is not. All he cares about is finding his mother. "Mommy?" he calls out, and when she does not reply he moves on to the next room in the house.

This time the situation is even worse for this room is occupied by a vampire. Looming over the little boy the vampire looks as if he is about to strike, but the little boy just calls out for his mommy. He then sticks a pacifier in the vampire?s mouth and moves on.

In the next room Frankenstein does his best to terrify the little boy but his antics make no impression on the little boy who once again calls out for his mother. To subdue Frankenstein the little boy simply removes a few vital parts from the mechanical man and Frankenstein is rendered quite helpless.

By the time the little boy gets to the roof and is face to face with a werewolf and his monster lady friend, we are beginning to wonder if anything will frighten the little boy. Furthermore he seems to have a rapport with these horrifying creatures. Could it be perhaps that he has some experience with creatures like these?