Sad news today: Maurice Sendak
, beloved author and illustrator, has gone to the great wild rumpus beyond. I hope we all remember reading Where The Wild Things Are
as children, and pretending to be Max and the cast of wild things from time to time. I remember being out-of-my-mind excited when I got to dress in the official wild thing costume, complete with giant head with horns, at the children's library where I worked, and sneaking up on the kids in the picture book section. Best day on the job ever.
my mom and me
For a recent (hilarious) interview, check out this video that my friend Afton showed me last week- (in 2 parts: 1
) on the Colbert Report.
To honor Mr. Sendak we are heading to our library now to pick up his latest book, Bumble-ardy
What are your favorite Maurice Sendak books?
I heart that picture! (And may have been the one to take it, as well!). We too will miss Mr. Sendak. "...and it was still hot" - best ending to a book, ever.ReplyDelete
"...and an ocean tumbled by with a private boat for MaxReplyDelete
and he sailed off through night and day
and in and out of weeks
and almost over a year
to where the wild things are."
So sad. He is one of my LGBT children's lit author heroes.
"The moral of Pierre is: CARE!" ~ Pierre: A cautionary tale in five chapters and a prologue. By Maurice Sendak. Let his wild rumpus start!ReplyDelete
Here's my fav story.ReplyDelete
"A little boy... sent me a charming card with a little drawing. I loved it. I answer all my children's letters —sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, "Dear Jim: I loved your card." Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, "Jim loved your card so much he ate it." That to me was one of the highest compliments I've ever received. He didn't care that it was an original drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.
— from Sendak's 2011 interview with Terry Gross. [Fresh Air]