Maurice Sendak is an Jewish-American writer and illustrator born June 10, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. He both wrote and illustrated the book. It was published in 1963 and became an immediate hit. The story received the Caldecott prize for Most Distinguished American Picture book for children in 1964. Sendak’s books are somewhat controversial because of his drawings and subject matter, but the kids eat it up.
“Where the Wild Things Are” is now a major motion picture. In 1966 the United States Postal Service issued a set of stamps for the best children’s books. His story was one of the stamps.
Sendak’s “Little Bear” stories are now a TV series and appear on Treehouse TV here in Canada. Sendak is still living and is now 81. He helped write the screenplay for this movie.