Wicked author Gregory Maguire considered Maurice Sendak, who died Tuesday at age 83, a personal mentor. He says Sendak's books were magical — "the more you look at them, the less you understand how they do what they do." Maguire talks about his memories of the Where the Wild Things Are author.
"Children surviving childhood is my obsessive theme and my life's concern," Maurice Sendak told NPR in 1993. The author and illustrator — one of the most admired artists in children's literature — died Tuesday at the age of 83.
Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are became a perennial and award-winning favorite for generations of children, died Tuesday. He was 83. Fresh Air remembers Sendak with excerpts from several interviews.
In this Sept. 25, 1985 file photo, author Maurice Sendak poses with one of the characters from his book Where the Wild Things Are, designed for the operatic adaptation of his book in St. Paul, Minn. Sendak died, Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. He was 83.
Fables, fairy tales and novellas can do more than just entertain and delight. They also ease young people through some of life's challenges. NPR's Michele Norris asks three experts in children's literature to share their recommended reading lists.