Where the Wild Things Are

WildThingStampUS2006Maurice 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.

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7 Responses to Where the Wild Things Are

  1. Bea Sempere says:

    As scary as this book was to me as a child I loved it too. Thanks for the post. I didn’t know he helped write the screenplay for the movie, that’s wonderful to hear.

  2. Donald says:

    Scary for sure.

  3. Cindy says:

    The Wild Things is a classic book that spans the test of time. Even kids in this new electronic age love this book. It is so simple yet so effective. The illustrations are incredible and lead your imagination into different places. This is one of my all time favorite children’s books. Max reminds me of Damian! I want to take the kids to the movie this weekend, Love yah

  4. Ash says:

    believe it or not, i used to be scared of that book as a child!

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