Readers will be saddened to hear of the death of author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, renowned world-wide for his stories including “Where the wild things are”, “We are all in the dumps with Jack and Guy” and “In the night garden”.
Where the wild things are caused a stir when it was first published, and was banned by many schools who considered the monsters too ‘scary’. Children, however, thought otherwise and the book soon became a best seller – and, co-incidentally, Max a popular name again. In 2009 the book was made into a film directed by Spike Jonze, with much of the filming done at Docklands Studios in Melbourne and in the Victorian countryside.
Sendaks books are never straight-forward, and really urge you to think beyond the illustrations to what lies beneath. His illustrating style is uniquly recognisable. He was not afraid of dark or troubling subject matter. “I refuse to lie to children,” says Sendak. “I refuse to cater to the bullshit of innocence.”