Where the wild things came from Author, Author

September 02, 1998|By Randi Kest

Maurice Sendak, known best for his classic story "Where the Wild Things Are," credits his father for his literary passion. As a child, Sendak loved to listen to his father tell stories while he settled into bed. Some of his favorite books were "A Child's Garden of Verse" by Robert Louis Stevenson, which was read to him by his brother while he was sick in bed, and "The Prince and the Pauper" by Mark Twain, his first book, given to him by his sister.

Sendak was born in 1928, started creating books at 19 and since then has written and illustrated more than 80. He's been called "the Picasso of children's books" for his influence on children's literature and has been credited with revolutionizing what is appropriate for children to read with such books as "The Night Kitchen" and "We Are All in the Dumps With Jack and Guy."

His advice for parents who want to encourage their kids to read? Get them away from computers and televisions, put them on your lap and open a book together.

Other books by Maurice Sendak:

"Alligators All Around"

"Chicken Soup With Rice"

"Fantasy Sketches"

"Higglety Pigglety Pop: Or There Must Be More to Life"

"Kenny's Window"

"Maurice Sendak's Christmas Mystery"

"Maurice Sendak's Really Rosie"

"One Was Johnny"

"Outside Over There"

"Pierre: A Cautionary Tale"

"Seven Little Monsters"

"Sign on Rosie's Door"

"Tsippi"

"Very Far Away"

"What Can You Do With a Shoe"

Pub Date: 9/02/98

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