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Maurice Sendak

An American writer and illustrator of children's literature who is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are.

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A Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22

  • Apr 12, 2011
I love the quirkiness and slight edgy quality to Sendak's books. He's always been a wonderful artist and illustrator (his illustrations for Little Bear are wonderful) and I admire his outspokenness and the fact that he doesn't condescend to children or treat them as inferiors in any way as some authors did during the time when Sendak's early books came out.
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April 13, 2011
nice QT! Like him too.
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review by . November 03, 2009
It's quite interesting to read about Sendak's wide array of influences, ranging from artists, musicians and writers, both old-world and new. One of the most amusing things was to hear that Sendak actually based the monsters in his stories on his real-life relatives who had travelled from Eastern Europe. Creating grotesque caricatures of their seemingly strange (to him!) features, broken English and loud, jarring voices, Sendak came up with a group of monsters, now known and loved by adults and children …
Quick Tip by . November 03, 2009
Maurice Sendak's books were some of the first that I read as a child, and I'm still a fan to this day!
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Maurice Bernard Sendak (born June 10, 1928, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American writer and illustrator of children's literature who is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963.

Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, and decided to become an illustrator after viewing Walt Disney's film Fantasia at the age of twelve. His illustrations were first published in 1947 in a textbook titled Atomics for the Millions by Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff. He spent much of the 1950s working as an artist for children's books, before beginning to write his own stories.

Sendak gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating Where the Wild Things Are, although the book's depictions of fanged monsters concerned some parents when it was first released, as his characters were somewhat grotesque in appearance. Sendak's seeming attraction to the forbidden or nightmarish aspects of children's fantasy have made him a subject of controversy. Before Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak was best known for illustrating Else Holmelund Minarik's Little Bear series of books.

His book In the Night Kitchen, first published in 1970, has often been subjected to censorship for its drawings of a young boy prancing naked through the story. The book has been challenged in several American states including Illinois, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Texas.

In the Night Kitchen regularly appears on the American Library Association's list of ...
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