This week saw the passing of Maurice Sendak, the writer of one of my favorite children’s books of all time, Where the Wild Things Are. It’s one of the books I remember most vividly from my childhood and now, as a parent, I’m enjoying it all over again as I read it to my son. It’s one of our favorite bedtime stories. We wriggle our fingers to do the magic trick, we shout and say NO, and now we even blow on Max’s dinner because it is still hot.
Despite his passing, Maurice Sendak still lives through some of the best books ever.
See some of Maurice Sendak’s unreleased drawings and appreciate what a great illustrator he was.
Read what Sendak had to say about what makes good (and bad) children’s books.
Experience Sendak’s humor first hand by watching his last recorded interview from the Colbert Show.
Finally, enjoy these readings of Where the Wild Things Are. First, this from President Obama.
And then brilliantly and hilariously by Christopher Walken (or someone that’s a dead ringer).
When the wild rumpus starts, what story to you create to go with Sendak’s illustrations?