Maurice Sendak dies, leaving behind the wild things for children

where-the-wild-things-are-book (Medium)Like most children, my four kids loved the picture book “Where the Wild Things Are.”  Its creator Maurice Sendak died today at the age of 83.

Here is a wonderful comment from Sendak about his young fans:

“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, ‘Dear Jim: I loved your card.’ Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, ‘Jim loved your card so much he ate it.’  That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

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May 8th, 2012
1:06 pm

We’ll eat him up, we love him so! Because we love him “best of all.”

Dunwoody Mom

May 8th, 2012
1:12 pm

“Inside all of us is HOPE. Inside all of us is FEAR. Inside all of us is ADVENTURE. Inside all of us is A WILD THING.” ~Maurice Sendak


May 8th, 2012
1:19 pm

I still have the “Where the Wild Things Are” in my storage room. I bought it many years ago for my child. We still say “Sipping once, sipping twice, sipping chicken soup with rice” when we eat chicken soup. The world was richer for his presence.

Teacher, Too

May 8th, 2012
1:27 pm

The world lost a truly gifted man. He inspired a love of reading for countless numbers of children. His illustrations were WILDLY imaginative. Mr. Sendek, Godspeed.

Teacher, Too

May 8th, 2012
1:28 pm

Oops- Mr. Sendak– must proofread!

Ron F.

May 8th, 2012
2:50 pm

That’s one book you buy your kids and still have on the shelf for the grandkids. My teenage boys still remember it and will, on a rare occasion, still pull it off the shelf and smile as they turn the pages again.

mystery poster

May 8th, 2012
5:47 pm

I just love the story about the kid eating the card. How great is that?
My kids loved the book as well.


May 8th, 2012
5:53 pm

Nice memories of storytime. RIP Mr. Sendak. (I love the story of the boy eating the card, priceless!)


May 8th, 2012
9:30 pm

Oh, please don’t go. We’ll eat you up we love you so! And Maurice said…

library volunteer

May 9th, 2012
9:29 am

My favorite is eating birthday soup with Little Bear.


May 9th, 2012
1:32 pm

Oh, Mr. Sendak. Godspeed to you and richest thanks from those of us to whom you left “Chicken Soup With Rice”, “Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present”, etc.