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
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.