The Miami Giant

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HarperCollins, Sep 1, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 36 pages
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When the great explorer Giuseppe Giaweeni leaves Italy to look for China, who could know that he'd stumble across Miami and discover a lost tribe of dancing giants? Who could suspect that his fateful voyage would lead to an unforgettable lesson in friendship? At long last, Caldecott Medalists Yorinks and Sendak collaborate on their first picture book--a stupendous, hilarious, absolutely joyous event! Full color.

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Giuseppe Giaweeni left Italy for China with the blessing of the King and Queen. Taking a wrong turn, he landed in Florida where he discovered a tribe of giants named the Mishbookers of Miami ... Read full review

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Giuseppe Giaweeni left Italy for China with the blessing of the King and Queen. Taking a wrong turn, he landed in Florida where he discovered a tribe of giants named the Mishbookers of Miami ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Arthur Yorinks was born in Roslyn, New York on August 21, 1953. As a child, he was exposed to an eclectic assortment of the arts including symphonies and art galleries in New York City, comic books, and 19th-century novels. He has written over 30 children's books including Hey, Al, winner of the 1987 Caldecott award; Louis the Fish, a Reading Rainbow main selection; Bravo Minski; Oh, Brother; and Company's Coming. He has also written opera librettos, ballets, plays and film scripts. He and children's author Maurice Sendak co-founded The Night Kitchen, a new theater company.

Maurice Bernard Sendak was born on June 10, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of three children. His parents were Polish Jews who had come to the United States before the start of World War I. His first professional job as an illustrator (while he was still in high school) involved adapting the "Mutt and Jeff" newspaper comic strip to a comic book format. He later worked as a window-display director for New York's famous toy store, F.A.O. Schwartz, while attending night school at the Art Students League. In 1950, Ursula Nordstrom, children's book editor at Harper and Brothers, gave him his first chance to illustrate a children's book. His talents were soon in demand. He wrote his first book, Kenny's Window, in 1956 and went on to become a prolific author-illustrator. Sendak is noted for his zany characters and fantastic themes. In 1964 he won the prestigious Caldecott medal for his picture book Where The Wild Things Are. Although occasionally Sendak's work has provoked controversy, he has become one of the best known and beloved creators of children's books and has received many awards. His works include Chicken Soup with Rice; In the Night Kitchen; Outside Over There; Higglety Pigglety Pop; and We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy. In 1970, he was the first American to receive the Hans Christian Andersen International Medal and in 1997 he received the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton. Characters from two of Sendak's books were the basis of an animated television special, Really Rosie, which first aired in 1975. Sendak was also the set designer and lyricist for a subsequent off-Broadway musical of the same title, with music composed by Carol King. He was the lyricist, as well as the set and costume designer, for the original production of an opera based on Where The Wild Things Are (with music by Oliver Knussen) in 1980. In addition, Sendak has designed sets and costumes for performances of operas by Mozart, Prokofiev, and other classical composers.