Maurice Sendak





Maurice Sendak


Born
in Brooklyn, New York, The United States
June 10, 1928

Died
May 08, 2012

Genre

Influences


Maurice Bernard Sendak is an American writer and illustrator of children's literature who is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963. An elementary school (from kindergarten to grade five) in North Hollywood, California is named in his honor.

Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, and decided to become an illustrator after viewing Walt Disney's film Fantasia at the age of twelve. His illustrations were first published in 1947 in a textbook titled Atomics for the Millions by Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff. He spent much of the 1950s working as an artist for children's books, before beginning to write his own stories.

Average rating: 4.20 · 743,863 ratings · 13,676 reviews · 172 distinct works · Similar authors
Where the Wild Things Are

4.22 avg rating — 553,678 ratings — published 1963 — 95 editions
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Chicken Soup with Rice: A B...

4.25 avg rating — 23,900 ratings — published 1948 — 20 editions
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In the Night Kitchen

4.07 avg rating — 13,129 ratings — published 1970 — 24 editions
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Pierre: A Cautionary Tale i...

4.30 avg rating — 6,603 ratings — published 1962 — 11 editions
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Outside Over There

3.94 avg rating — 2,534 ratings — published 1981 — 14 editions
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Nutshell Library

4.57 avg rating — 1,657 ratings — published 1962 — 5 editions
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Alligators All Around

4.09 avg rating — 1,661 ratings — published 1962 — 9 editions
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Higglety Pigglety Pop!: Or ...

4.19 avg rating — 1,225 ratings — published 1967 — 26 editions
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One Was Johnny: A Counting ...

4.18 avg rating — 1,035 ratings — published 1960 — 7 editions
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My Brother's Book

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3.66 avg rating — 1,135 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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“A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful.”
Maurice Sendak

“Let the wild rumpus start!”
Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

“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

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