From Our Archives - Jan. 22, 1998: Maurice Sendak


If you've ever taken that well-travelled trip to where the Wild Things are, you know and probably love the work of Maurice Sendak. The American author wrote Where The Wild Things Are in 1963. It revolutionized children's literature, became an instant bestseller, and annoyed most child experts.

Maurice Sendak died earlier today. He was eighty-three.

He was criticized for scaring kids with his story of a little boy's nighttime adventure, with bulgy-eyed monsters in a faraway land. Throughout his career Sendak has illustrated and written dozens and dozens of books that kids love --  In the Night Kitchen, Really Rosie, Chicken Soup with Rice...and he's branched out into the world of opera too.

Mr. Sendak was in Toronto to design the Canadian Opera Company's productions of Hansel and Gretel and The Cunning Little Vixen. And he stopped by the As it Happens studio for a chat with host Mary Lou Finlay.

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