Posts Tagged ‘Maurice Sendak’

Missing Maurice

2 May 2013

Sendak homage

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, ABFFE, will hold its Annual Children’s Book Art Silent Auction on Wednesday, May 29, at BookExpo America. This year’s auction will include some special pieces created in memory of Maurice Sendak — and this is my tribute, above. You can learn more about ABFFE and this special event here.

“As you probably noticed, I went away forever.”

21 June 2012

It seems I decided by around age five that I wanted to be Maurice Sendak when I grew up. I penciled my name in right next to his on this book that he illustrated for Ruth Krauss in 1952, which is one of my most treasured possessions and has been with me always. Over the years I’ve become an obsessive collector of his work and words, which have taught me just about everything I need to know about writing and illustrating for children. I can think of no more to add to all that’s been said about Sendak, or by Sendak, who died on May 8th at the age of 83.

“Hello, 
As you probably noticed, I went away forever. I am very experienced now and very famous. I am even a star…. I get plenty to drink, too, so don’t worry…. If you ever come this way, look for me. Jennie” *

Dear Jennie, I did notice. And I will certainly look for you. Love, Debbie.

Some Wonderful Interviews:

*As shared by Lynn Caponera, Sendak’s assistant and longtime friend, who perfectly closed a memorial service for him at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last week by quoting this letter and sharing this image of his beloved dog, Jennie, “from his favorite book”, Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must Be More to Life.

The time of my singing is come…

16 March 2010

Illustration by Maurice Sendak, from Charlotte and The White Horse by Ruth Krauss.

More Reading Suggestions, in honor of the coming spring:
Spring Is Here by Taro Gomi; Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke; The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett; Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer and Marvin Bileck; The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone by Timothy B. Ering.

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