Sometimes dark, sometimes gleefully silly, but always inventive, intelligent, and colorful, Maurice Sendak’s imaginatively illustrated children’s books never forget their audience. Although his classic Where the Wild Things Are was criticized upon its initial publication for being too frightening, children responded with enthusiasm to both its wonderfully zany artwork as well as to its honesty. Forty years later, they still do.
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Also Known As:
Maurice Bernard Sendak (full name)
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Birth:
June 10, 1928
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Art Students' League
Caldecott Medal, 1964 (for Where the Wild Things Are); Hans Christian Andersen International Medal, 1970; Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, 1983; Jewish Cultural Achievement Award, 1988; National Medal of Arts, 1996
Maurice Sendak's official web site
|Where the Ideas Are|
|Sendak wrote Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or, There Must Be More to Life, in tribute to his beloved dog. The book's protagonist, like Sendak's pet, is a Sealyham terrier named Jennie. Years later, Sendak got a German shepherd, who already had a name when he adopted it. The dog was named Max, just like Sendak's most famous character. |
|The Best Book to Read First||Books About Maurice Sendak|
|Where the Wild Things Are|
Where the Wild Things Are caused a sensation when it first appeared, and remains Sendak's best-known work. This rowdy rumpus of a picture book, propelled by exuberant run-on sentences and enlivened by beautiful illustrations, is still a delight, both for children and the adults who read to them.
|The Art of Maurice Sendak|
Selma G. Lanes
Sendak's work has inspired a number of studies and tributes to his life and art. Selma G. Lanes's treatment is as fun-loving as her subject, illustrated with hundreds of Sendak's sketches and squiggly line drawings, and includes full-color fold-outs, and working dummies of his major works.