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You know Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, but how about Let’s Be Enemies? The charming title is a work by author Janice May Udry, and its 1961 publication marked the beginnings of illustrator Maurice Sendak’s growth into the legendary artist we know him as today. 

 

On the pages of this delightfully angst-ridden text, we might find Sendak’s vision of James and John, two boys who have had an unfortunate falling out over a sharing incident and what appears to be an ongoing power struggle. Ultimately, as the two make nice against the blank canvas of a white page—now yellowing— we find ourselves sharing in the magic of friendship and embracing the notion of compromise. 

 

Thanks to Brain Pickings

Images via Brain Pickings

 

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