When author and illustrator Maurice Sendak entered the world of children's books, it was a very safe place. Stories were sweet and simple and set in a world without disorder. But Sendak, who died Tuesday at age 83, broke with that tradition. In Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak explored the darker side of childhood. Upstairs in young Max's bedroom, a jungle grows, and he sails off to a land of monsters.
This blogger remembers nephew Ben reading Where the Wild Things Are back in the late '60s and being fascinated by what seemed to be a very different, much more interesting, kind of book than I'd been used to as a kid just a few years before.
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In this Sept. 25, 1985 file photo, author Maurice Sendak poses with one of the characters from his book <em>Where the Wild Things Are,</em> designed for the operatic adaptation of his book in St. Paul, Minn. Sendak died, Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. He was 83.
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Published in 1963, <i>Where The Wild Things Are</i> was a different approach to children's books — full of dark forests and fierce-looking monsters.
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Sendak signs prints from <i>The Mother Goose Collection</i> in July 1990 — part of a benefit for homeless children in New York City.
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Sendak (from left), film director Spike Jonze and actor Max Records pose at the New York premiere of the film <i> Where The Wild Things Are</i> in 2009.
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"There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I'm ready," Sendak told Terry Gross in 2011.
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Maurice Sendak wrote and/or illustrated more than 100 books during his career. He received a National Book Award, a Caldecott Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's book illustration, and the National Medal of Arts.
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Children's book writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, author of <i>Where the Wild Things Are,</i> died on Tuesday at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. He was 83.
Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are became a perennial and award-winning favorite for generations of children, died Tuesday. He was 83.
Sendak appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross several times over the years. In 1989, he told Terry Gross that he didn't ever write with children in mind — but that somehow what he wrote turned out to be for children nonetheless.