Tuesday, May 8, 2012

RIP: Maurice Sendak

The wild rumpus came to an end today.  Beloved children's book author/illustrator Maurice Sendak died after experiencing complications from a recently suffered stroke.   He was 83.  Sendak is most famous, undoubtedly, for 1963's Where the Wild Things Are, a picture book that the generations can agree on without question.  That story, and many of his others (Higglety Pigglety Pop, Chicken Soup with Rice, Bumble-Ardy, In the Night Kitchen) are brief visions is light and darkness that have been reprinted and adapted numerous times for stage, screen, and grandiose opera.  It seems appropriate to send him off with a quote from his very own Wild Things: "oh, please don't go! We'll eat you up! We love you so..."

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