is one of our favourite books and my son took great pleasure in wearing his Max* costume to world book day celebrations at school this year. *Ahem, that should in fact read homemade costume. Such a rare event that it merits special mention.
"they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled
their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws"
The author Maurice Sendak died yesterday aged 83. A child of a Polish Jewish immigrant family, the tragedies his family suffered during the depression and holocaust clearly deeply influenced his subsequent work.
"It forced me to take children to a level that I thought was more honest than most
people did,"he once said. "Because if life is so critical, if Anne Frank could die,
if my friend could die, children were as vulnerable as adults, and that gave
me a secret purpose to my work, to make them live. Because I wanted to live.
I wanted to grow up."
He did get to grow up, and he leaves behind a legacy of wonderful books and illustrations for future generations of Maxs, Idas, Mickeys and Rosies.
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