As a child, Where the Wild Things Are, was one of my favorite books for its surface story. Who wouldn’t want to be escape on a wild adventure and come home to hot supper?
But what I didn’t appreciate, what I couldn’t appreciate then in my childish state of mind was that Sendak did what so many fail to. He was a subversive and an unique voice able to capture the needs of his audience.
Even when I didn’t understand the complex emotions in Where the Wild Things Are, I could feel them. He, like many children authors, understood the complex working of a child and that there are some very dark feelings in childhood which need to be explore. It isn’t always a moral world of joy.
In honor of his birthday, I have complied a wild rumpus of links:
1) Check out his books, maybe buy a few. (And not just Where the Wild Things Are. I personally love In The Night Kitchen which was banned for many years because of an illustration of a naked child. )
2) Watch one of his last interviews. (Bonus Stephen Colbert is always hilarious.)
6) Write your own piece inspired by Sendak!
Now on to the wild rumpus!