Quotes by Maurice Sendak

"A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful."

"Let the wild rumpus start!"

"Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it."

"Oh, please don't go—we'll eat you up—we love you so!"

"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"

Books by Maurice Sendak

  • Nutcracker
  • 14,590 ratings
  • September 13th 1984 by Crown Publishers

    (first published 1816)

Maurice Sendak
  • Maurice Sendak

  • Date of birth: June 10, 1928
  • Died: May 08, 2012
  • Born: in Brooklyn, New York, The United States.

  • Description: Maurice Bernard Sendak was an American writer and illustrator of children's literature who is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963. An elementary school (from kindergarten to grade five) in North Hollywood, California is named in his honor.

    Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, and decided to become an illustrator after viewing Walt Disney's film Fantasia at the age of twelve. His illustrations were first published in 1947 in a textbook titled Atomics for the Millions by Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff. He spent much of the 1950s working as an artist for children's books, before beginning to write his own stories.