Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Great Regulars: In 1963, Where the Wild Things Are appeared.

"We artists knew it was something different and loved it," [Robert] Byrd said. "So did kids, instantly. Parents were worried about its darkness, but kids don't worry about things like that. They got it right away."

The book served notice of Mr. [Maurice] Sendak's trademarks: an inerrant sense of composition and color; shadowed, crosshatched inkwork that gave body and weight to crazy, outlandish characters; original, idiosyncratic stories treating themes of fear, abandonment, and loss.

from John Timpane: The Philadelphia Inquirer: Maurice Sendak dies at 83; artist and writer best known for "Where the Wild Things Are"


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