Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, has died aged 83 following a recent stroke.
The New York Times says with not unjustified fervour that he “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.” The same article also (accurately) describes his books as “roundly praised, intermittently censored and occasionally eaten.”
Where the Wild Things Are is a truly iconic picture book whose original readers are now probably sharing it with their grandchildren. Beautifully illustrated and simply but sincerely written, it is a homage to the power of imagination.
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