The Greatness of Maurice Sendak

     Most people know of Maurice Sendak because of his most famous book: Where the Wild Things are. This is primarily where I know him from as well, but seeing a myriad of his illustrations throughout the years I am always impressed. I have also always loved children's books and once (when I was 19) I tried to lock myself in my room for 30 days to get one written/illustrated. This failed miserably but only because I didn't have the confidence in myself at the time, or as my Mom says "stick-to-itive-ness". The able to just stick to a path and see it through until its conclusion. Enough about that really I just want to pay homage to this great illustrator. If you are interested in Maurice, the Tell Them Anything You Want really sheds light on his complex and interesting hate of adults:

 

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 Higglety Pigglety Pop or There Must Be More to Life, 1967

Higglety Pigglety Pop or There Must Be More to Life, 1967

 Dear Mili, 1988

Dear Mili, 1988

 The Hobbit, 1967

The Hobbit, 1967

 The Goblins story from The Juniper Tree, 1973

The Goblins story from The Juniper Tree, 1973

 Another from The Goblins, 1973

Another from The Goblins, 1973

     This next illustration In the Night Kitchen a book from 1970. Features a naked boy but, only because he falls in some dough and Maurice thought it would be a pain to illustrate his clothes with dough all over them. It is frequently to this day banned by many schools and libraries--which is silly as if children don't know that other children have genitals.

 

 Oh no a penis! First they see a penis in a book then next is premarital sex.

Oh no a penis! First they see a penis in a book then next is premarital sex.

    

     Hope you enjoyed Maurice's illustrations, let me know what you think. Be inspired and create!

 

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Estevan Oriol

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