Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak dies

It's a sad day in the world of children's books as Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, passed away today at the age of 83.

Maurice Sendak had many highly acclaimed books such as Chicken Soup with Rice and In the Night Kitchen and illustrated Ruth Krauss' A Hole Is To Dig and Else Holmelund Minarik's Little Bear.

Sendak was a pioneer in the world of children's publishing as he wrote books that were deeply imaginative and pushed the limits with dark plots that involved monsters wanting to eat you up!

Sendak recently reflected on his life to NPR...

"I have nothing now but praise for my life," Sendak said. "I'm not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can't stop them. They leave me and I love them more. ... What I dread is the isolation. ... There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I'm ready, I'm ready, I'm ready."

Although Sendak's resume went far beyond children's book author, creating costumes for ballets and operas and designing the Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Nutcracker," Sendak will be forever known for his contribution to children's lit.

"I write books as an old man, but in this country you have to be categorized, and I guess a little boy swimming in the nude in a bowl of milk (as in `In the Night Kitchen') can't be called an adult book," he told The Associated Press in 2003. "So I write books that seem more suitable for children, and that's OK with me. They are a better audience and tougher critics."

Although he's passed, Sendak will continue to bring life to a world of imagination as the New York Times reports that a posthumous picture book, "My Brother's Book," will be out next February.


  1. This makes me so sad! Where the Wild Things Are was my go-to book in kindergarten during reading time.

  2. I hear ya', Chey! I have so many memories reading that book!

  3. How sad that he has passed on, but wonderful what he did while he was here! Thanks for sharing this, Lori.