Goodbye Mr. Sendak

May 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm (Obituaries, Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Photograph by Astrid Christie

I would be remiss as a blogger, book lover, mother, former child, dreamer, and all around human being if I didn’t post something about Maurice Sendak upon his passing.  Most famous for Where The Wild Things Are, Sendak has changed the lives of children all over the world since the early 60’s when Wild Things was first published.  So influential was this picture book that it was made into a major motion picture/ live action film, has been on baby registry lists since registries were invented, is a Caldecott Medal Winner, and has become the face of children’s sections and bookstores everywhere.  Just visit the Half Price Books in Rice Village of Houston, TX, there’s a huge wall mural honoring the beloved book and its illustrator (which I can’t find a photo of, so you’ll just have to go see it yourself!).  All the way to London where on Streatham Hill you can find an outside mural of the most well known monsters of all time! (Check out the blog of that photographer here: http://unravelcat.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/art-outdoors-streatham-hill/.

Sendak made it to a whopping 83 and his life will be celebrated by a posthumous publication of his most current work called “My Brother’s Book” which he wrote in honor of his late brother.  How fitting and beautiful that it will be his last new publication, and that he too will be gone for it.

Maurice Bernard Sendak was born June 10, 1928 and died May 8, 2012.  For a proper ode to his entire life work, please read the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html?pagewanted=all

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1 Comment

  1. Astrid said,

    Thanks for the link over 🙂 Sendak will be sadly missed x

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