This was my favorite book as a kid. It seems to be severely under-read compared to Sendak's other stories, and from other reviews it seems like many of those who have read it dismiss it as being "too creepy" for children. Okay, I guess it could have the potential for being nightmare-inducing, but I never had that experience. The illustrations are hauntingly beautiful, and the story is great.
This book was also the basis for the movie The Labyrinth
, so if you're a fan of Tight Pants Bowie
, you've got this book to thank.