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Maurice Sendak 1928 – 2012

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Not just the creator of  “Where the Wild things Are”, not just a  ‘Childrens’ illustrator or author but so much more.

As he said “You cannot write for children. They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of  interest to them.”

So sad there will be no new work to pore over but he has left a wealth of illustration behind which I will never tire of revisiting.

So here are three of  many of his wonderful illustrations


Illustration from Dear Mili {Wilhelm GrimmMaurice Sendak Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988

1967 sketch byMaurice Sendak, part of a proposal for a new illustrated edition of  The Hobbit. (Credit: Maurice Sendak/Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University)










And one of my favorite quotes

On E-books  “I hate them. It’s like making believe there’s another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of book! A book is a book is a book.”

From a Guardian interview in  October 2011


 According to The New York Times, a posthumous picture book, “My Brother’s Book,” is scheduled to be published in February 2013.


About aalid

Book loving, craft obsessed, retro, library working, slightly geeky female. Probably old enough to know better but refusing to learn, persistantly looking for the aesthetically pleasing in life to cheer up my apparently miserable face! The Mage and Raven is my bookshop - it doesnt exist - except for inside my brain.

3 responses »

  1. What a wonderful surprise to stumble across your blog by following links backwards from a reference in WaiYuk Kennedy’s blog to-day.

    When Sendak died I did a very long blog with multiple links. The man was a genius!
    You can read it here:

    The date of my blog was May 9 2012.

    • He was, and thank you for commenting – one of the things about blogging that I love is finding connections – other people who like similar things and who introduce you to new artists, authors, views on life or whole new blogs to explore.

  2. It is always an adventure to sit down at the computer and follow my curiosity wherever it takes me.

    Finding blog connections is like finding the pot of gold at the end of that proverbial rainbow!


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