Maurice Sendak, the famous American writer and illustrator who’s children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” has been a nightstand classic for years, passed away last night at the age of 83. According to Reuters, playwright Tony Kushner once described Sendak “as one of the most important, if not the most important, writers and artists to ever work in children’s literature.
Richard Robinson, the chairman, president and SEO of Scholastic Inc publishers, said in a statement, “Maurice Sendak captured childhood in brilliant stories and drawings which will live forever.”
Sendak, who was born in Brooklyn in 1928 and was dubbed by one critic as the Picasso of children’s books, illustrated more than 50 books during his long career and won a number of prizes for his drawings. The Queen of Sweden presented him with the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children’s book illustration in 1970.
In honor of Maurice Sendak, we wanted to put together a few of our favorite products themed from “Where the Wild Things Are“.
Kids who love to dress up will adore this costume hood/hat inspired by Max from Where the Wild Things Are (paper crown included). The costume is available in two versions: Book Version – Off-White Fuzzy Felt with slightly mottled brown colors for ‘dirty’ appearance or the Movie Version – Tan textured fleece, softer and floppier than the Book Version. Price: $60.00 from Liby Ball
How cute is this crown ring? Made with Argentium Sterling, a new alloy that does not tarnish like traditional sterling silver, this ring’s brushed finish stays bright and white. Can also order polished surface. Price: $60.00 from phrynemetal
Remember those wolf slippers? These super soft replicas are made from a double layer white minky fleece, and the soles are non slip faux leather. Price: $35.00 from BabyCricket
This would be a perfect decal for a children’s library or playroom. The monster design comes in a removable vinyl decal that adheres to most surfaces. Price: $89.99 from BlackfinGraphics