Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of one of my favorite children's books, Where the Wild Things Are, died Tuesday. He was 83.
There was a wonderful piece on him on NPR this week which included excerpts from interviews with him over many years. He said he had a terrible childhood and didn’t believe in making children think the world was a safe beautiful place. And yet he created monsters that all of us could relate to, monsters and weird beasts we could make peace with and co-exist with, just like the children in his books. To quote the movie trailer:
Inside each of us is Fear.
Inside each of us is Adventure.
Inside each of us is a Wild Thing.
R.I.P. Maurice Sendak. You gave so many generations of children permission to believe in their imaginations.