Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He is best known for his book 'Where the Wild Things Are,' published in 1963. Sendak's work is renowned for its imaginative narrative and striking illustrations, which often featured fantastical elements and a dark, moody atmosphere that was atypical for children's literature of the time. His contributions to children's literature have been widely celebrated, and he received numerous awards, including the Caldecott Medal and the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's book illustration.


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  1. 1. Where the Wild Things Are

    A young boy named Max, dressed in his wolf costume, wreaks such havoc through his household that he is sent to bed without his supper. In his room, a mysterious, wild forest and sea grows out of his imagination, and Max sails to the land of the Wild Things. The Wild Things are fearsome-looking monsters, but Max conquers them by “staring into their yellow eyes without blinking once”, and he is made the king of all wild things. However, he soon finds himself lonely and homesick and returns home to his bedroom where he finds his supper waiting for him, still hot.

    The 421st Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Outside Over There

    In this whimsical children's book, a young girl named Ida must rescue her baby sister after she is stolen away by goblins. While their mother is away, the goblins sneak in and replace the baby with an ice replica. Ida, noticing the change, embarks on a magical journey to the world of "Outside Over There" to save her sibling. Throughout her adventure, she learns about bravery, responsibility, and the power of music.

    The 7156th Greatest Book of All Time