Maurice Sendak in 2011"Kids books…Grown up books…That's just marketing," illustrator and author Maurice Sendak told colleague Art Spiegelman in an interview for The New Yorker in 1993. Sendak, who died this morning at age 83 from complications from a stroke, was famous for spelunking in the murkier recesses of children's psyches in books like "Where the Wild Things Are," "In the Night Kitchen," and "Outside Over There."
"Where the Wild Thing Are," the story of Max, a naughty boy in a wolf suit who is sent to bed with no supper and instead finds himself dancing with monsters was "simultaneously genre-breaking and career-making" when it was published in 1963 reports the New York Times.
Some librarians found the book too disturbing and banned it from shelves. The Los Angeles Times reports that psychologists "condemned" the book for being "too dark." Nevertheless, "Where the Wild Things Are" was awarded the Caldecott Medal by the American Library Association in 1964, and is one of the 10 bestRead More »from Maurice Sendak, Children’s Author and Illustrator, Dies at 83