On Wednesday when I saw a Facebook friend’s comment “Roaring my terrible roar, gnashing my terrible teeth. r.i.p”
, I suspected sadly what must have happened. This reference to Maurice Sendak’s ground-breaking picture book “Where the Wild Things Are” will be known to many. The passing this week of children’s author/illustrator Sendak has caused tributes to flow worldwide. Graham Beattie is keeping an excellent record of these tributes and articles on his blog
, including fascinating pictures of unreleased drawings and special mention of Sendak’s early collaboration with his author brother Jack.
On hearing the news of his death, staff at the Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library were quick to put up a display of Sendak’s books and were delighted to see how well-represented his work is in our collections. Do come and browse the display to see both the quality and the volume of Sendak’s work. Only last year we purchased a new title of his, Bumble-Ardy, which was the first book he’d both written and illustrated in the past 30 years.
We would love to hear what Sendak’s work has meant to you.
- Helen O'Carroll