“Indescribably lovely and absolutely perfect and — well, pure in the best sense.”
In 1952, more than a decade before Where the Wild Things Are catapulted him into creative celebrity, the inexhaustibly brilliant Maurice Sendak began collaborating with beloved children’s book author Ruth Krauss, of whom Sendak is cited to have said,
“Prior to the commercialization of children’s books, there was Ruth Krauss.”
He illustrated eight of her books during her lifetime, as well as a posthumous edition of one of her earliest books in 2005, twelve years after Krauss died. Perhaps the most delightful of their collaborations is I’ll Be You and You Be Me, a heart-warming and witty ode to the empathic bonds of friendship and a celebration of children’s wild and whimsical imagination, originally published in 1954.Though this gem was reprinted in 1982, it is sadly long out of print. Why is this so often the case with yesteryear’s treasures? - but used copies can still be found with some looking. I've managed to get a hold of an original first edition. Please enjoy!