Children's book author and illustrator, best known for Where the Wild Things Are, has died. He was 83.
Sendak's imaginative and unsettling books broke boundaries in the world of children's literature.
Maurice Sendak, wrote "I tried to answers all the letters children sent to me.Once I received a letter from a little boy with a little drawing on it.I took some time to answer it. I loved it. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.”
I got a letter 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 Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”
There Sendak's words and illustrations were cherished by children everywhere, as well as the dozens more classic Where the Wild Things Are, but also In the Night Kitchen , Outside Over There, Chicken Soup With Rice, and the recently published Bumble-Ardy.
Where the wild things are :The story of Max, a rather naughty boy who throws a tantrum, gets sent to a timeout without supper, and decides to take a journey “to where the wild things are.
In the night kitchen: Mickey is a boy who takes a dream journey through a baker’s kitchen. He’s initially in bed, then finds himself floating while his clothes fall off. The boy is naked, and Sendak doesn’t hide the anatomy, which caused the book to be widely banned.
Outside over there :Ida, a young girl, is babysitting her infant sister, though she is a little jealous and resentful of the attention she gets. But when the baby is carried off by goblins.
Bumble-ardy : the newst. An orphaned pig who throws himself a birthday party in Bumble-ardy.