Saturday, September 10, 2011

Let the Wild Rumpus Begin!

Where the Wild Things Are- Maurice Sendak
I'm on a sort of Maurice Sendak love-kick at the moment. The boyfriend is out for the night (official rugby business aka it's his 21st birthday) and I've got lots of time alone in my big bed to read picture books and google all kinds of amazing-ness. In my Illustrated Book class, which I'm loving, we talked about a few Maurice Sendak books today; "Dear Mili", "In the Dumps With Jack and Guy", and partially "Where The Wild Things Are". And it took me till the end of the day to realize how much I abso-positive-lutely adore Sendak and his works. "Dear Mili" is so touching and heart-wrenching. "In The Dumps" makes you really think, something you don't expect from a children's book. "Where the Wild Things Are" is just well, amazing. And on top of this list I have to add a little gem I found years ago at a Goodwill- "Pierre- A Cautionary Tale". 
Pierre- Maurice Sendak
This book is so adorable, you wouldn't even believe anything could be this precious. It's teeny tiny and very sweet, and it has a special place on my bookshelf.
Dear Mili- Maurice Sendak (It's out of print but please please find it and read it, it's wonderful and the pictures are gorgeous.)
I guess what this post is really about is my absolute adoration for anything Sendak does. His spunk and disregard of the rules make me love him even more. I'll leave you with this quote to brighten your day:
"Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children's letters - sometimes very hastily - but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, "Dear Jim: I loved your card." Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, "Jim loved your card so much he ate it." That to me was one of the highest compliments I've ever received. He didn't care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it." - Maurice Sendak
And that my dears, is why Maurice Sendak renews my faith in children and our humanity. XO.

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