“I mean, just children surviving childhood is my obsessive theme and my life’s concern.” – Maurice Sendak
Maurice Sendak, illustrator and author of Where the Wild Things Are and many other stories running whimsical to dark, died Tuesday, May 8 at the age of 83. Though his stories are occasionally controversial, they also reflect a deep respect for the fears and difficulties of childhood, perhaps because his own was difficult.
What’s your favorite Sendak book or illustration? I like Where the Wild Things Are for the rumpus and the warm resolution, and the thorny facial expressions of Alligators All Around make me smile.