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  • Published: 3 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9781782300748
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 28
  • RRP: $29.99

Presto and Zesto in Limboland


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A unique, rambunctious new story from the imaginations of legendary creators, Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks.

From Maurice Sendak, the unrivalled illustrator of Where The Wild Things Are, and long-time collaborator and friend Arthur Yorinks.

This never-before published tale is an imaginative romp through the world of Limboland. Two great friends – a friendship largely inspired by Maurice Sendak's and Arthur Yorkink's own – must brave a monster, a singing cow, and several berserk goats, to complete their quest. And the quest they're undertaking? To find a present in time for the wedding of the sugar beets!

The pair originally created this tale many years ago, and it has now been reworked by Arthur Yorinks as an ode to their 40-year friendship. With Maurice Sendak's jubilant illustrations and full of the wit and sheer imagination of this creative duo, this new publication is a song to friendship, creativity, and joy. With the classic Maurice Sendak cocktail of depth, spontaneity and humour, this unseen tale will delight fans of both creators.

  • Pub date: 3 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9781782300748
  • Imprint: Bodley Head
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 28
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Authors

Arthur Yorinks

Arthur Yorinks has written and directed for opera, theatre, dance, film, and radio and is the author of many acclaimed children's books, including Hey, Al, with illustrations by Richard Egielski, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1987. He was Maurice Sendak's friend for 40 years; their other collaborations included Mommy?, The Miami Giant, and the Night Kitchen Theater company, which they co-founded.

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began by illustrating other authors' books for children, but the first book that he both wrote and illustrated was Kenny's Window, published in 1956. In his lifetime, he illustrated over 80 books, and received many awards, including the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he was the first American to win the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator's Medal. He passed away in May 2012.


Praise for Presto and Zesto in Limboland

“The storytelling voice evokes a particular – even poignant – time and place [. . .] It's a joy to have another glimpse at Sendak's magic.”

Publishers Weekly, Publishers Weekly


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