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RIP Maurice Sendak

Admirers count the ways revered kids' author will be missed

(Newser) - A sample of the tributes to Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak, who died today at 83:
  • Andrew Leonard, Salon : Parents who loved Sendak's books as kids (like Leonard) read them to their own kids with even greater zeal. Thus, "Sendak planted an immortal virus in
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Wild Things Author Maurice Sendak Dead at 83

Died from complications from a recent stroke

(Newser) - Maurice Sendak, author/illustrator of the beloved Where the Wild Things Are, has died at age 83, reports the New York Times . The cause was complications from a recent stroke, says his editor. The Times offers a glowing profile of Sendak and the many books he was known for penning and... More »

Colbert Pens Children's Book

I Am a Pole (And So Can You) out this spring

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert's new book is all about a confused flagpole's search for an identity. Colbert—making good on a promise to get a piece of the celebrity-penned children's book market—will release I Am a Pole (And So Can You) this spring, AP reports. The satirist, who... More »

Maurice Sendak: 'My Work Is Not Great'

He's 'wrong, of course,' counters Dave Eggers in Vanity Fair

(Newser) - Maurice Sendak may be 83, but he’s not slowing down—in fact, he may be picking up speed. Sendak has a new book coming out, the first in 30 years that he’s both written and illustrated, writes Dave Eggers in Vanity Fair . Bumble-Ardy, about a pig whose family... More »

Maurice Sendak: ‘I Wonder Why People Still Have Children’

Renowned kids’ author is not happy with humanity

(Newser) - Renowned children's author Maurice Sendak is 82 now, aware of his own mortality, and more concerned than ever that grown-ups are mucking things up for kids. "I think I'm getting out just in time," he tells the Philadelphia Inquirer . "Watching the news, everything seems to... More »

Wild Things Runs Rampant

Law Abiding Citizen also enjoys strong opening weekend

(Newser) - Where the Wild Things Are ran wild at the weekend box office, exceeding expectations by doing $32.5 million worth of business. Spike Jonze's first foray into children's cinema earned the director his strongest opening weekend ever. "I can't imagine too many people who could do what Spike did,... More »

Wild Things Great ... for Adults

Spike Jonze's melancholy fantasy gorgeous, heartfelt, uneventful

(Newser) - Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are takes a 10-sentence children’s book and turns it into a full-length movie that’s not really for kids at all. But most critics liked it anyway. Here’s what they’re saying:
  • “Parents and tykes expecting the next Shrek will
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Spike Jonze Brings Wild Things to Life

Director fought for years for his vision of Sendak's classic

(Newser) - Spike Jonze grew up on the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are, and wanted to make a very raw, very unconventional movie of it, portraying the wild things as the scary emotions kids feel. Jonze persuaded Maurice Sendak to take a shot on his vision, but the studio was... More »

It's a Busy Fall for Books

Dave Eggers, Philip Roth, Jon Krakauer have new titles out

(Newser) - Hoping to salvage a miserable year, publishers are flooding the fall season with more hot tickets than normal. Some samples, from the Wall Street Journal:
  • Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol, Sept. 1: The next in a series from the Da Vinci Code writer.
  • Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist, Sept. 8: A
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