When Aninku and Pepicek go to town for milk to make their sick mother better, their attempts to earn money by singing are thwarted by a bullying hurdy-gurdy grinder, Brundibar. But with the help of three talking animals and three hundred schoolchildren, Aninku and Pepicek defeat the bully and return home triumphant. The story is based on a Czech opera performed numerous times by the children of the Nazi concentration camp Terezin.
Tony Kushner is one of America's most distinguished playwrights. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, two Tony awards and numerous other prizes. Maurice Sendak has over 80 titles to his credit, a dozen of which he has also written. These include the classic Where the Wild Things Are. Among his many awards is the international children's book prize, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal.