Artist: Charlie Forsyth
Banned/Challenged Book: In the Night Kitchen
Reason for Banning: Challenged for child nudity and allusions to the Holocaust
Excerpt from Artist’s Statement: Maurice Sendak wrote deceptively clever books that are as beloved as they are challenged. My drawing for In the Night Kitchen tries to evoke some of the more disquieting themes present from the work in a stark manner. The chef, modeled after Hitler, shushes from behind a cloud of smoke while the boy tries to fly his makeshift plane, unaware of the danger. Sendak’s work is often colorful and complex, whereas, this piece is black-and-white in appearance and subject.