The Maurice Sendak, who died yesterday at the age of 83. That is, I think of him as a children’s author. He was also an illustrator, producer, director. I think many of us have a favorite Sendak memory or moment. Many years ago as a branch library manager in a small community, I remember discussing how some of Sendak’s were challenged. At that time In was attacked because Mickey is naked in much of the story. A library user commented that didn’t bother her so much, but as a dietician, it bothered her how unsanitary it was for the little boy to be in cake batter! I am still so amused by that early lesson that different people object to different things in books, but that doesn’t mean they should be challenged.community mourns the passing of the well-known and well-loved
I have a hard time choosing my “favorite” Sendak work; I love so many of them. I wonder ifare having special Sendak celebrations—this seems like a great opportunity for people to discuss his works, watch clips of movies and , discuss his writing and illustrations, as well as the “philosophy” and messages of his works. I think it would be fun for people to share how they came to love books or their library, through their connection to Sendak’s books. Not to mention, you could discuss the controversy surrounding some of his books.
Personally, I love how so many of his stories end with everything turning out all right. In , who always says “I don’t care” learns indeed, to care. There’s a lesson there for all of us, I think: the world, whether the world of a child or an adult, can be scary, messy, complicated, but so often, things do turn out all right., Max’s supper is still hot when he gets home. In In the Night Kitchen, Mickey floats back into his own bed. And
Thank you for your stories, Mr. Sendak.
- The World Of Maurice Sendak (Harper Collins/Pinterest)
- Maurice Sendak Scared Children Because He Loved Them (The Atlantic)
- Fresh Air Remembers Author Maurice Sendak (NPR)
- Maurice Sendak (Wikipedia)