Google honors Maurice Sendak with an nice animated doodle. He was born on June 10, 1928 – 85 years ago. Maurice Bernard Sendak was an American illustrator and writer of children’s books. He is best known for his book „Where the Wild Things Are“, first published in 1963. The book’s depictions of fanged monsters concerned some parents, as his characters were somewhat grotesque in appearance. Sendak says: „Children are tough, though we tend to think of them as fragile. They have to be tough. Childhood is not easy.“
„You cannot write for children… They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.“
The doodle shows an very creative „walk around the world“. Rotating stage-layers includes some main characters of Sendaks illustrations.
If you doen’t know this amazing book, here it is (as read by Christopher Walken :-):
Sendak mentioned in a September 2008 that he was gay. „I’m gay. I just didn’t think it was anybody’s business … All I wanted was to be straight so my parents could be happy. They never, never, never knew.“ (New York Times, Sept. 2008). He lived with his partner, Dr. Eugene Glynn, for 50 years. But an earlier coming-out was not possible because of his children-book career.
Sendak died on May 8, 2012. Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak. Here an interview with him:
- Wikiquotes: Maurice Sendak quotes
- The NewYorker: „We are inseparable“: on Maurice Sendak’s latest Book
- BelieverMag: The Believer – Interview with Maurice Sendak