Maurice Sendak does an excellent job of capturing the desires of children. In his book Very Far Away he addresses the desire that most kids have to run far away from everything. Martin feels like he is not appreciated at home because no one will answer his questions. He leaves and finds others that want to find a place far away from everything. They imagine a place where everything is perfect and they all have what they want. They all run off to far away together until they grow sick of each other. Eventually they all decide that back home is better than far away. The colors that Maurice uses to accent his pencil drawings are a yellowing brown and grey. This is a little bit darker than the colors he usually chooses. I think he chooses these colors because the book also has a darker message; the grass is not always greener on the other side.
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