Maurice Sendak Dead at 83
Submitted by Cheston Catalano
Maurice Sendak, author of the dark children’s book Where the Wild Things Are among other accomplishments, suffered a stroke in Danbury, CT.
…despite his varied resume, Sendak accepted — and embraced — the label “kiddie-book author.”
“I write books as an old man, but in this country you have to be categorized, and I guess a little boy swimming in the nude in a bowl of milk (as in `In the Night Kitchen’) can’t be called an adult book,” he told The Associated Press in 2003.
“So I write books that seem more suitable for children, and that’s OK with me. They are a better audience and tougher critics. Kids tell you what they think, not what they think they should think.”