Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak Remembered

Where The Wild Things Are - Cover

Where The Wild Things Are – Cover

Maurice Sendak, most notably the writer and illustrator of the children’s book Where The Wild Things Are, passed away today. There were many books I loved as a child, Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, and of course Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Like the other author’s on my list, Mr. Sendak dared to do something different with his writing. He created a world of imperfect heroes, creepy characters, and dark story-lines.

The story of a child leaving his parents in an angry huff, venturing out on a boat to find a monster inhabited island, declaring himself the king of that island, and making the journey back home in time for dinner was, in my 5-year-old mind, motivating. Imagination should be untamed. Stories that broke the mold of fairy tales of wholesome characters and happy endings sent a different message to children reading them. “Heroes” can be strong willed and full of pride, “villains” can have feelings and may deserve our sympathy as well as a “damsel in distress”. Maurice Sendak understood that the world is not black and white, good and evil. Somehow, he created an emotionally deep and dark story that a child could understand.

Where The Wild Things Are - Page

Where The Wild Things Are – Page

Where The Wild Things Are - Page

Where The Wild Things Are – Page

Thanks Maurice Sendak for your gritty yet whimsical illustrations and inspiring story-telling. I’ve always wanted to write a children’s book, maybe now I’ll have the motivation to pull it together.

18 Comments on “Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak Remembered”

  1. yomicfit says:

    Great site! I am new at blogging and am nowhere near as clever and bright as yours.
    One day I hope to get to this stage in my blogging :)
    Loved, loved, loved Maurice Sendak. Sad today knowing that someone so influential is gone.
    But he left great work!

    • nmbpro says:

      Thank you so much for the wonderful words about my blog! It is always nice to be appreciated. I wish you the best of luck in your blogging as well.

      I agree, Maurice Sendak had a big impact on illustration and story-telling. Today I got to relive his stories and appreciate his work all over again.

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  3. Jonas says:

    Reblogged this on divergenta.

  4. ngdagency says:

    A classic, in fact I bought a new copy only last year as I couldn’t find my original. I don’t have kids… it was for me!

  5. bethwarstadt says:

    I actually gave this book to an adult friend who was going through a bad time. I wanted her to know that after she got through the place where the wild things were–mostly a wild life as a result of a bad divorce–her friends would still be there for her (His dinner was waiting, and it was still hot.)

    • nmbpro says:

      I think the story can resonate to everyone in any age group. Giving the book to your friend was such a nice gesture, especially since he/she was dealing with a lot.

  6. egeorgeblog says:

    I love his work, I was fortunate to haved painted with him in the late 80’s, he had designed the scenery for Mozart’s The Magic Flute for SD Opera
    and would come in the scene shop and oversee, cool artist!

    • nmbpro says:

      That sounds like such an amazing opportunity. I would have loved to meet Maurice Sendak.

      • egeorgeblog says:

        One of the things I love about scenic arts is being able to work with some of the most awesome artists.
        I have to be honest, most of the greats are also some of the most friendly people on earth.

  7. markalan says:

    I loved that book as a child! I think I read it over fifty times.

  8. Fun post, and I love your blog header– very, very cool! : )

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