Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Maurice Sendak, RIP

This wouldn't be a book blog if I didn't acknowledge the death of Maurice Sendak, a true master of children's book illustration and children's books. The New York Times said he was, "widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche." He died on Tuesday in Danbury, Connecticut.  The NYT's article is here, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html?smid=pl-share



The beloved author of Where the Wild Things Are will truly be missed. RIP, Mr. Sendak.

4 comments:

Jane R said...

So sad to learn of his passing. Our children loved his books when they were little and 'Where the Wild Things Are' is one of my husband's favorites! As a preschool children's librarian, I have truly appreciated his talent and timelessness. RIP Mr Sendak.

Lesa said...

It was sad, Jane. My children's librarian was only half-kidding when she said she needed a black arm band. I think the world needed one today if the comments on Twitter were any indication.

Beth Hoffman said...

We have lost a remarkably talented man. RIP, Maurice. You were dearly loved and will be missed.

Lesa said...

Oh, he was so loved, Beth. He will be missed.