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Maurice Sendak (1928–2012)

Author of Where the Wild Things Are

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About the Author

Maurice Sendak was born on June 10, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. While in high school, he worked part time as an illustrator for All-American Comics adapting the Mutt and Jeff newspaper comic strip to a comic book format. His first professional illustrations were for a physics textbook, Atomics for show more the Millions, published in 1947. He later worked as a window-display director for F.A.O. Schwartz while attending night school at the Art Students League. In 1950, he illustrated his first children's book The Wonderful Farm by Marcel Aymé. He wrote his first children's book Kenny's Window in 1956 and went on to become a prolific author-illustrator. His works include Chicken Soup with Rice; In the Night Kitchen; Outside Over There; Higglety Pigglety Pop; The Sign on Rosie's Door; We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy; Brundibar; Bumble Ardy; and My Brother's Book. He received numerous awards including the Caldecott medal for Where The Wild Things Are in 1964, the Hans Christian Andersen International Medal in 1970, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the National Medal of Arts in 1996. Characters from two of his books were the basis of an animated television special, Really Rosie, which first aired in 1975. He was also the set designer and lyricist for a subsequent off-Broadway musical of the same title. He was the lyricist, as well as the set and costume designer, for the original production of an opera based on Where The Wild Things Are in 1980. In addition, he has designed sets and costumes for performances of operas by Mozart, Prokofiev, and other classical composers. He died due to complications from a recent stroke on May 8, 2012 at the age of 83. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Series

Works by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are (1963) 26,157 copies
In the Night Kitchen (1970) 2,852 copies
Outside Over There (1981) 1,117 copies
Nutshell Library (1962) 649 copies
The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm (1973) — Illustrator — 602 copies
Mommy? (2006) 460 copies
The Sign on Rosie's Door (1960) 292 copies
My Brother's Book (2013) 268 copies
Bumble-Ardy (2011) 254 copies
Open House for Butterflies (1960) 199 copies
Kenny's Window (1956) 143 copies
King Grisly-Beard (1973) 132 copies
Seven Little Monsters (1977) 114 copies
Posters (1986) 95 copies
Very Far Away (1957) 79 copies
Mickey Mouse Movie Stories (1931) 27 copies
The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm, Volume 1 (1973) — Illustrator — 20 copies
Fantasy Sketches (1970) 16 copies
The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm, Volume 2 (1973) — Illustrator — 15 copies
Frank and Joey Eat Lunch (1996) 8 copies
Frank and Joey Go to Work (1996) 8 copies
Steven 5 copies
Ahol ​a vadak várnak (2018) 3 copies
Little Bear: Winter Tales (1997) 3 copies
Storie di Orsacchiotto (2009) 3 copies
Mini bibliothèque (2010) 2 copies
Higglety Pigglety Pop! + Where the wild things are [video recording] (2009) — Librettist; Designer, some editions — 2 copies
Where the wild things are [sound recording] (2009) — Librettist — 1 copy
Higglety Pigglety Pop! [sound recording] — Librettist — 1 copy
Mein Bruderbuch (2014) 1 copy
Pictures (1972) 1 copy
She Loves Me... She Loves Me Not... — Illustrator — 1 copy

Associated Works

The Phantom Tollbooth (1961) — Introduction, some editions — 17,536 copies
Little Bear (1957) — Illustrator — 7,104 copies
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (1947) — Illustrator, some editions — 4,744 copies
Little Bear's Visit (1961) — Illustrator — 3,267 copies
Little Bear's Friend (1960) — Illustrator — 3,087 copies
A Kiss for Little Bear (1968) — Illustrator — 3,072 copies
The Wheel on the School (1954) — Illustrator — 2,944 copies
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm (1954) — Illustrator, some editions — 2,453 copies
Father Bear Comes Home (1959) — Illustrator — 2,297 copies
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816) — Illustrator, some editions — 2,083 copies
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (1962) — Illustrator — 1,570 copies
The House of Sixty Fathers (1956) — Illustrator — 1,505 copies
The Light Princess (1864) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,262 copies
Along Came a Dog (1958) — Illustrator, some editions — 1,037 copies
Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child's Book of Poems (1988) — Illustrator — 1,008 copies
No Fighting, No Biting! (1958) — Illustrator — 918 copies
A Hole is to Dig (1952) — Illustrator — 895 copies
The Big Book for Peace (1990) — Contributor & Illustrator — 829 copies
What Do You Say, Dear? (1958) — Illustrator — 824 copies
I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book (1992) — Illustrator — 823 copies
The Golden Key (1867) — Illustrator, some editions — 797 copies
Dear Mili (1988) — Illustrator — 765 copies
Pierre; or, The Ambiguities (1852) — Illustrator, some editions — 746 copies
Shadrach (1953) — Illustrator — 681 copies
Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories (1966) — Illustrator, some editions — 646 copies
The Animal Family (1966) — Illustrator — 633 copies
Adventures of Little Bear (1985) — Illustrator — 600 copies
The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss (1995) — Introduction, some editions — 581 copies
Brundibar (2003) — Illustrator — 554 copies
The Little Bear Treasury (2003) — Illustrator — 545 copies
The Bat-Poet (1964) — Illustrator — 528 copies
Bears (1948) — Illustrator — 443 copies
The Moon Jumpers (1959) — Illustrator — 398 copies
A Very Special House (1953) — Illustrator — 396 copies
What Do You Do, Dear? (1961) — Illustrator — 379 copies
Hurry Home, Candy (1953) — Illustrator, some editions — 344 copies
Swine Lake (1999) — Illustrator — 342 copies
Where the Wild Things Are [2009 film] (2009) — Original book — 310 copies
Let's Be Enemies (1961) — Illustrator — 305 copies
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 304 copies
What Can You Do With a Shoe? (1955) — Illustrator, some editions — 268 copies
The Wonderful Farm (1933) — Illustrator, some editions — 266 copies
The Bee-Man of Orn (1964) — Illustrator, some editions — 257 copies
Penthesilea (1808) — Illustrator, some editions — 222 copies
Strange Stories for Strange Kids (2001) — Contributor — 220 copies
The Miami Giant (1995) — Illustrator — 209 copies
Seven Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (1959) — Illustrator, some editions — 192 copies
The Cunning Little Vixen (1921) — Illustrator, some editions — 185 copies
Babar's Anniversary Album: 6 Favorite Books (1981) — Introduction, some editions — 185 copies
The Griffin and the Minor Canon (1963) — Illustrator, some editions — 174 copies
The Big Green Book (1962) — Illustrator — 163 copies
You Can't Get There from Here (1947) — Illustrator, some editions — 162 copies
Winsor McCay: His Life and Art (1987) — Foreword, some editions — 132 copies
Pierre, or the Ambiguities: The Kraken Edition (1995) — Illustrator, some editions — 125 copies
Dwarf Nose (1800) — Illustrator, some editions — 124 copies
Fly by Night (1976) — Illustrator — 119 copies
Pleasant Fieldmouse (1964) — Illustrator — 117 copies
How Little Lori Visited Times Square (1991) — Illustrator — 83 copies
Best in Children's Books 31 (1960) — Illustrator — 83 copies
Bookworm (1991) — Illustrator — 82 copies
The Maxfield Parrish Poster Book (1974) — Introduction — 76 copies
Best in Children's Books 35 (1960) — Illustrator — 74 copies
The Tale of Gockel, Hinkel & Gackeliah (1838) — Illustrator, some editions — 69 copies
Sarah's Room (1963) — Illustrator — 64 copies
Presto and Zesto in Limboland (2018) — Illustrator, some editions — 58 copies
Circus Girl (2002) — Illustrator — 54 copies
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Contributor — 53 copies
Lullabies and Night Songs (1965) — Illustrator — 52 copies
Charlotte and The White Horse (1855) — Illustrator — 52 copies
Maggie Rose, her birthday Christmas (1952) — Illustrator — 42 copies
The Art of William Steig (2007) — Preface — 39 copies
The Juggler of Our Lady: A Medieval Legend (1953) — Introduction, some editions — 36 copies
The Little Cow and the Turtle (1955) — Illustrator — 32 copies
Hey-How for Halloween! (1974) — Contributor — 30 copies
The Happy Rain (2004) — Illustrator — 30 copies
Happy Hanukah Everybody (1954) — Illustrator — 17 copies
Little Nemo 1905-1906 (1976) — Introduction — 17 copies
Nutcracker: The Motion Picture [1986 film] — Set Designer — 13 copies
The Little Bear Movie [2001 film] (2001) — Original book — 12 copies
The Disney Poster Book (1977) — Introduction, some editions — 9 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 5, January 1974 (1974) — Contributor — 6 copies
Poetry of Ogden Nash, 6 Volumes (1957) — Illustrator, some editions — 4 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 8, April 1974 (1974) — Illustrator — 4 copies
FORTUNIA. A Tale. (1974) — Illustrator, some editions — 3 copies
Atomics for the millions (1947) — Illustrator — 2 copies
Hans-mon-hérisson — Illustrator — 1 copy
Sendak (1987) 1 copy
Singing Family of the Cumberlands — Illustrator — 1 copy
Letters from a designer's notebook (1993) — Illustrator — 1 copy

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This will always be one of my favorite picture books!
 
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tootall77hc | 1,450 other reviews | May 9, 2024 |
Independent reading level: K-5
Caldecott Medal (1964)
 
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erikawall | 1,450 other reviews | Apr 27, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades K-31964 Caldecott Medal Winner
1981 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Illustration
1963, 1982 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
1964 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
1981 Children's Books (NY Public Library)
100 Books for Reading and Sharing 1988 (NY Public Library)
Notable Children's Books of 1940-1970 (ALA)
Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1963, 1982 (NYT)
A Reading Rainbow Selection
Children's Books of 1981 (Library of Congress)
 
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dwtolson | 1,450 other reviews | Apr 24, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: 1st-2nd grade
Awards: Caldecott Medal (1964)
The Hans Christian Andersen Award
Boston Globe Horn Book Award
ALA Notable Children's Book
 
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