Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are
Information about the 1963 picture book and the 2009 film/DVD
Sendak's interview in The Believer. Nov./Dec. 2012. "I refuse to cater to the bullshit of innocence."
Maurice Sendak died May 8, 2012. Here is my blog post about his importance in children's literature.
Jan Susina discusses the popularity of Where the Wild Things Are book and film with R.C. McBride on WJBC Oct 19, 2009. Link to mp3 file
Rosenbach Museum's DVD segment on Sendak on his work, childhood, inspiration. YouTube. 10 min. Sendak on what being an illustrator means. YouTube. 3 min. Sendak on his childhood and movies. YouTube. 1 min. Sendak on Images and Words. You Tube 2:25 min
Original Wild Things animated short. YouTube video 6:50 min.
Caldecott acceptance speech by Sendak (.pdf format) from his book Caledecott & Co.
Read Dave Egger's story Max At Sea, which appeared in The New Yorker, Aug. 24, 2009. Click on this link to open a .pdf document of the Max At Sea story. Click on this link to go to Max At Sea story by Dave Eggers on The New Yorker's website
- Featurette on making of Where The Wild Things Are, on imdb (mostly an interview with Sendak)
- Newsweek article "A Talk with the 'Wild Things' Creators" (Oct. 9, 2009)
- "Maurice Sendak and the Legacy of their 1963 rumpus." LA Times by Scott Timberg (Oct. 11, 2009). "Maurice Sendak Rewrote the Rules with Wild Things" also on LA Times site by Scott Timberg (Oct. 11, 2009)
- "Where the Wild Things Weren't" by Bruce Handy in The New York Times. (Oct. 8, 2009)
- Synopsis of HBO Documentary Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak by Spike Jonze (first showing Wed., Oct 14, 2009)
"A Conversation with Maurice Sendak" by Jennifer Ludden on NPR, June 4, 2005, with additional links
Terrible Yellow Eyes, website devoted to other artists' renditions of Wild Things
MercuryNews article about Sendak exhibit at Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco (Sept. 3, 2009)
Sendak talk at MIT. April 2003. 1 hour talk