Maurice Sendak

I thought about what I should entitle this brief entry, but realized quickly that it needed nothing other than the man’s name. It says it all and it says so much.

As you all know by now children’s literature lost a giant two days ago. Maurice Sendak died Tuesday in Danbury, CT at the age of 83. I could go on about his incredible body of work, his landmark influence on picture books and how he touched millions of lives with his craft, but there really isn’t enough space in this blog. I found fifteen books (one co-written by Sendak himself) at Amazon Books covering his life and legacy. And I can only imagine the academic writings that exist in colleges and universities on the man.

His most famous:

Really, nothing more needs to be said about this classic.

This book, which Sendak illustrated, was published in 1957. The first of five in a series, it gave rise years later to an animated television show that I watched with my daughters when they were toddlers.

Some more of his work:

I could go on and on, but will leave you all with a delightful picture and a nugget of wisdom .

“You cannot write for children. They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them. ” 

-Maurice Sendak


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About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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