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RIP Maurice Sendak

Legendary children’s author & illustrator Maurice Sendak has died.

As a hopeful kid’s book author myself and as a fan of the outlandish in what we read together as a family, a hearty thank you from me to you, Mr. Sendak.  You pushed boundaries and shattered expectations with your work and the world is grateful.

His books were some of the first we read as parents and his words as sung by Carol King were some of the 1st tunes we ever played for the Bear.  I’m terribly loyal to such firsts and as such, Maurice Sendak will always have a special place in my heart.

It doesn’t even bother me in the least that most people younger than I will probably know Sendak more from his recent 2-part appearance on the Colbert Report than from his books.  This is because that interview was freakin’ hilarious and showed what a crazy, playful rebel he was!

Rest in Peace, King of all Wild Things.

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2 Comments

  1. My favorite book as a kid was Where the Wild Things Are.
    While I don’t think I get as dark as he did, he was a personal inspiration to me as a hopefully illustrator and children’s literature author.

  2. I’m with you. I don’t go too dark either in my own writing, but quirky and absurd? For sure! And a part of me knows that I too can stretch boundaries of what seems sane in kidlit because of Sendak and those he’s already inspired.

joc