Fifty years before the film was ever thought of, the magical world of the children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” was published 1963. The marvel of a fun, adventure filled story with creepy, fun monsters and their wondrous adventures joined with their king, the young boy Max came to life from the tip of Maurice Sendak’s pen.
Born June 10, 1928 to Jewish-Polish parents, his childhood was affected by the lose of family members during the Holocaust (I know the feeling). From having such an early exposure to death and mortality at young age and having developed health issues at an early age, his love for books began when being confined to bed- See, books are beautiful treasures to have, unlike those lousy nooks and what-not’s. But inspiration doesn’t derive from books alone and just so happens that the same movie that gave me the inspiration to become an artist is what inspired Mr. Sendak to become an illustrator. That movie was Walt Disney’s film Fantasia. I don’t doubt that this film was the cause of much inspiration to every child who grew up watching it.
His illustrations were first published 1947 in a textbook titled Atomics for The Millions by Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff. During the 1950’s he spent most of his time creating illustrations for children’s books written by other authors before he began writing his own stories.
From here, the magic all began and lead to what was and is now the ever famous children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. Which we now recognize Maurice Sendak for, on his birthday, June 10 every year after his death in May 8, 2012.
Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak!