Off to find the “Wild Things” …
The photo above was taken in my guest room where I’ve paid homage to Maurice Sendak for years. You can see how tattered and beloved the book has become. I bought it years ago in the early 60’s and all three of my children grew up following Max and his travels to the land of “the Wild Things”.
Maurice Sendak illustrated all his books, as well as writing them, and in 1964 “Where The Wild Things Are” was awarded the Caldecott Medal, considered the Pulitzer Prize of children’s book illustrations.
I’ve heard him interviewed and he expressed the fact that “growing up gay and Jewish” in the 40’s and 50’s could well have influenced his leaning toward the dark side. Whatever the cause it certainly resonated with my generation. It kind of ended the era of white picket fences and lollipops and brought a different type of reality to the fore… one that so many children could relate to.
It is sad that Maurice Sendak has died but his legacy is so great that he will be forever remembered.
On second thought however I don’t really believe that he’s gone …
I think he’s just out there in the big beyond searching for “The Wild Things” … and I’ll bet he finds them !