Maurice Sendak, age 83, passed away today. He is the beloved author of several children's books, including Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. I recall reading both these books with my children when they were young.
Today's The Globe and Mail said he is reported to have had a stroke Friday and died in hospital early today.
Being labelled a "kiddie-book author" didn't bother Sendak. He remarked that a boy swimming naked in a bowl of milk, as in In The Night Kitchen, isn't appropriate adult reading, thus it is a children's book. He never really set out to be a children's author, it's just what happened.
Sendak prefers the child reader. They speak what's on their mind, never stopping to wonder if they are saying what someone would want them to say, nor how they will be perceived. There's an honesty in that for sure.
Sendak will be missed in the children's literary world but his works are timeless and will live on as his legacy.