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Today is the 89th birthday of the amazing Maurice Sendak! Who is Maurice Sendak you might ask? He is an illustrator and writer of children’s book and the great mind behind Where the Wild Things Are! If you’re like me, then you may have limited knowledge of Mr. Sendak, so join me in this opportunity to learn more about a writer who helped shape our love of books as kids and kids at heart.

Learn more about Maurice Sendak:

10 Things You Might Not Know About Maurice Sendak

Watch his interview on the Colbert Report:

Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Part 1

Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Part 2

Watch Stephen Colbert’s Tribute to the late Maurice Sendak:

Maurice Sendak Tribute

Visit the Touring Memorial Exhibition:

The Sendak Exhibition

Read the works of Maurice Sendak:

Maurice Sendak on Amazon

Your Turn

So…what’s your favorite Maurice Sendak book? Did you enjoy that Colbert interview? Is the Maurice Sendak Exhibition coming to your town? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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  1. I absolutely loved “Where the Wild Things Are” growing up {just the book, never saw the movie!}. It was so great to get to escape with Max into his imaginary world. But before this, I didn’t know much about him. Thanks for sharing all this info – he was a fascinating guy!

    1. Katisha @ Reel Literature

      I haven’t seen the movie either, but I’m looking forward to reviewing them for the blog. I didn’t really know much about Maurice Sendak either until I watched his interview on The Colbert Report, which was so funny! He has quite the subversive wit and humor.

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