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.