RIP Maurice Sendak

May 11, 2012 – 2:44 pm


Maurice Sendak died earlier in this week, and his passing has resonated with people all over the world.

Maurice Sendak was an author and artist who wrote many books including ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and ‘In the Night Kitchen’.

I like the New York Times article called ‘Maurice Sendak, author of splendid nightmares, dies at 83’. This article says that Sendak went against popular US children’s writing of the time. His children were not well behaved or well scrubbed, but bossy, headstrong and sometimes obnoxious.

What I especially like and will remember about Maurice Sendak is ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and reading the book to my two children. Over and over. We can all still recite almost the whole book off by heart. Such a great story and the images were so evocative. And you can have an adventure and still be at home in time for supper. I even liked the film adaptation.

His mother called him “WILD THING!”

and Max said “I’LL EAT YOU UP!”


Do you have a Maurice Sendak memory or comment you would like to share?

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