Maurice SendakBook - 2006
Born in 1928, Maurice Sendak was a sickly child who passed the time by sketching the children who were able to play in the street below his window. Sendak excelled in art during high school and found a job decorating store windows. When a book editor discovered his talent, Sendak's skill was much in demand as a storybook illustrator. Once he started writing books as well as illustrating them, Sendak's stories allowed children to experience places and journeys not often found in other books, including a magic land in Where the Wild Things Are , In the Night Kitchen 's noisy adventure, and a land in Outside Over There where a young girl must save her baby sister from goblins. Sendak continued to write and illustrate stories throughout his life, finding ways to introduce socially important themes to young readers. In a one-volume reference, Maurice Sendak details the life and real-life influences of this famous author, revealing the person behind the words, and the author behind the literature we love.