Terrible Wonderful Places—Artist, Author Maurice Sendak Dies

This just in from The New York Times :

“Maurice Sendak, widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who 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, died on Tuesday in Danbury, Conn.”

If it’s been a while since you’ve read his books aloud for kids, or just immersed yourself in the rich illustrations, stop by the Tunxis library to leaf through his work. It is truly for all ages.

Search our catalog for items by and related to Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are, his most famous book

In the Night Kitchen, his most controversial book

Bumble-ardy, his most recent book, published this fall

Watch the DVD of the 2010 motion picture Where the Wild Things Are.

Terry Gross of NPR has compiled some wonderful interviews with Sendak for broadcast Wednesday, May 8, on Fresh Air and for download.

 

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