It’s nice to wake up in the morning and find orders waiting to be processed, today was no exception, but it was rather different than normal in that every single one of them was for something written or illustrated by Maurice Sendak. A quick search on Google revealed the reason; Maurice Sendak, proclaimed, "the Picasso of children's books" by Time magazine and best known for his iconic book "Where the Wild Things Are," has died aged 83.
There will be hundred’s of words written about Maurice Sendak over the next few days and weeks, but I prefer to pay tribute by sharing some of my favourite illustrations.
The sign on Rosie's door - story and pictures by Maurice Sendak. "First" Lenny explained, "I throw my fireman's hat up in the air and then the one who catches it can keep it. Everybody want to play?". Lenny threw the hat high into the air and it landed on Rosie's window ledge. "We'll have to climb up for it," said Alinda. So they did. Sal climbed on top of Pudgy. Dolly climbed on top of Sal. Kathy on top of Dolly...
Dear Mili by Wilhelm Grimm illustrations by Maurice Sendak. But it was not God's will that the happy life they led together should continue, for a terrible war overran the whole country.
Just as she had expected, she felt lighter at heart. Rain began to fall, and she took comfort and said: "God and my heart are weeping together." There she sat until the shower had passed. When she stood up and looked at the sky, she saw little fleecy clouds and the evening sun was shining on them. And she thought: God is feeding His sheep with roses, why would He forget me? So she started off again.
They had fallen happily asleep, and between them lay Saint Joseph's rose in full bloom.
What do you say dear by Sesyle Joslin pictures by Maurice Sendak. You have gone downtown to do some shopping. You are walking backwards, because sometimes you like to, and you bump into a crocodile.What do you say, dear?
The Moon Jumpers by Janice May Udry pictures by Maurice Sendak. As the sun grows tired and drops behind the drowsy hills four barefoot children and a black cat dance and play and tell each other stories in their moon-drenched garden.
Maurice Sendak 1928 - 2012