Tuesday, May 8, 2012

R.I.P. Maurice Sendak (1928-2012)

Today, at the age of 83, Maurice Sendak, author of many great children's stories, passed away due to complications from a recent stroke. Sendak, most popularly known for his children's classic Where The Wild Things Are, was widely known as one of the most influential children's authors and illustrators of all time. He took the picture books out of the safe, sanitized world and took it into the dark, terrifying, and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche.

When I was younger, my father used to read Where The Wild Things Are to my brothers and I. He used to make the noises of all the monsters. When they would say, "I'LL EAT YOU UP," he would get up and act it out. It was almost as if we didn't even need to see the pictures, because we already had it in our heads. This book will always be one of my favorite children's stories of all time.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Sendak. Your memory will always live on those pages.


  1. to my brothers and me

  2. Who are you, my friggen English teacher? I ask for opinions, not for people to point out my mistakes!