The Children's Room Blog

We’ll Miss You, Maurice

Posted on: May 8, 2012

As many of you know, children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away today at the age of 83.  In a career that spanned more than 60 years, Sendak created some of the most beloved picture books ever written, including 1963’s ground-breaking Where the Wild Things Are.

Click here to read Margalit Fox’s wonderful Sendak tribute, which appears in today’s New York Times.

If you’re like me and would like to celebrate Sendak’s amazing career by reading some of his works, here are a few titles that the Robbins and Fox Libraries own:

Bumble-ardy (2011).  Bumble-ardy is a mischievous nine-year-old pig who has never had a birthday party… Until one crazy day full of hijinx!

Higglety Pigglety Pop! (1967).  This is Sendak’s tribute to his beloved dog, Jennie.  In the book, Jennie is a terrier who is not content with having everything, so she ventures out into the great wide world.

In the Night Kitchen (1970).  In this popular and controversial book, Mickey has a dream journey through a surreal baker’s kitchen.

Outside Over There (1981).  This tells the story of a girl named Ida, who must rescue her baby sister after she’s stolen by goblins.

The Nutshell Library (1962).  This is actually a treasury that consists of four different (tiny!) books, including Alligators All Around, Pierre, One Was Johnny, and Chicken Soup with Rice.

We’ll miss you, Maurice!


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