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The Wild Rumpus

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

About four years ago, I read Where the Wild Things Are for a class, and Maurice Sendak changed the way I thought about Children's Literature. I guess you could say he made me start to think about Children's Literature. Never before had I seen an author treat his young audience with such respect, or write and illustrate short stories packed with such worth.

"Max stepped into his private boat and waved good-bye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him...and it was still hot." 
--Where the Wild Things Are

Rest in peace, Mr. Sendak. Thank you for getting me to where I am.


  1. You know, that's one book I have never read. A lot of people I know grew up with it, but it never came across my bookshelf. It's never too late though...I need to get hold of a copy.

  2. His death is really the end of an era.

  3. So sad. I agree, it is the end of an era.

  4. Aww, I didn't know he died. LOVED that book growing up!!


  5. No doubt, literature, for all ages, can do amazing things to those who care to look.


  6. I never read that book as a child but when I was a nanny, the kids I looked after loved it. There was a period where I was reading it multiple times a day to them and I completely fell in love with it. I have no doubt that it, along with a few Dr. Seuss classics, will be the first books I buy for my children. The literary world lost a genius this week but at least he'll live on through his writing.

    PS - did you happen to see his interview with Stephen Colbert a few months ago. It was absolutely brilliant and hilarious and made me love Mr. Sendak even more than before.


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