Art Spiegelman Takes On Maurice Sendak
It is a sad day for those of us who grew up fascinated with “Where the Wild Things Are“. A children’s classic, the picture book won numerous accolades including the 1964 Caldecott Medal. Perhaps more important than the awards is the fact that countless adults today have fond memories of their childhood, partly thanks to nights with Max and the Wild Things. And how about the children of today who are recipients of their parents’ passing on tradition? Certainly, there is a reason more than 19 million copies of the book have been sold.
Today, it is but apt to pay tribute to the creator of the picture book that has become embedded in many people’s lives. Maurice Sendak, artist and writer, passed away on Tuesday after having had a stroke several days before. He was 83 years old.
Most of us may not have the talent and skill Maurice Sendak had, so let’s settle for the work of another renowned cartoonist: Art Spiegelman. For those of you who may not know him, Spiegelman is well known for his graphic novel “Maus”, which won a Pulitzer Prize. He is also involved in numerous other activities, not the least of which is contributing editor to The New Yorker.
So what do we get when Art Spiegelman takes on Maurice Sendak? Something that will either outrage you, or make you feel sad about the latter’s passing away. Enjoy the short read!
“Kid books…grown up books…That’s just marketing. Books are books.” Priceless!
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