Archives for the month of: February, 2012

“The point of my books has always been to ask how children cope with a monumental problem that happened instantly and changed their lives forever, but they have to go on living. And they cannot discuss this with anyone. No one will take the time. Parents are embarrassed so they’ll shush them up.” 
Maurice Sendak

“I wanted the writing to be as terse and as tough as Jennie was, almost acidic – to contain nothing sentimental or romantic”
Maurice Sendak

“Being a kid is hard, but if they’re smart and clever and determined and egocentric they will survive”
Maurice Sendak

“I don’t believe in things literally for children. That’s a reduction.”
Maurice Sendak

“children are the only reasonably sane audience”
Maurice Sendak

“You must never illustrate exactly what is written. You must find a space in the text so that the pictures can do the work”
Maurice Sendak

“Childhood is a tricky business. Usually, something goes wrong.”

Maurice Sendak