Yesterday Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of the children’s classic book Where The Wild Things Are, died. Famous through his writing and illustrating, Sendak published a number of children’s books, wrote and designed three animated stories and his final book “Bumble Ardy” was an adaption of a collaboration between Sendak and Jim Henson from kid’s TV favourite Sesame Street.
Where The Wild Things Are was one of my favourites when growing up and was a real departure from the staid illustrations of the time, with rather dark and almost scary images it truly is great stuff. Despite receiving negative critiques when first published, Where The Wild Things Are became a children’s favourite and sparked an animated series in the 1970s, an opera in the 1980s and a live action feature film in 2009.
Sendak’s books reshaped the bedtime story routine for an entire generation and changed children’s literature forever. His talent will be greatly missed.