Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak, the American author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are has died. He was 83 and died of old age and ill health in a hospital in Danbury (a city in Northern County Connecticut on the east coast of the) United States of America.

Where the Wild Things Are (1964) caused a stir in the 1960’s with many parents believing that it was too scary to be a children’s picture book; especially at bedtime.

Scary Monsters

However, this was not a universal opinion ( see  Deborah L. Jacob’s tribute  article What Maurice Sendak taught me about being a parent) and Sendak went on to sell millions of copies of his book and was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1964 for his illustrations.

Shot from the movie

Three years ago the book was made into a film directed by Spike Jonze with Max Records playing Max. Interestingly, Tom Hanks and Maurice Sendak were both part of the production team.

If you would like to listen to an interview with the author hear Maurice Sendak in conversation with Bill Moyers  , an American journalist. Recorded in 2004,  Maurice Sendak reveals some of his early childhood memories and influences.

Janice Del Negro, Associate Professor of Dominion University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science in River Forest said “The design of the book, the vibrance of the art, changed the energy in picture books. The book is as fresh today as when it first came out. And it will last forever.”

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