Maurice Sendak died in 2012, but the world is getting a new book from the beloved children's author and artist nonetheless. The president of the Maurce Sendak Foundation was cleaning out Sendak's files when she found the manuscript of a "lost book," Publishers Weekly reports. "I read it in disbelief," says Sendak's longtime editor and publisher about Presto and Zesto in Limboland. "What a miracle to find this buried treasure in the archives. To think something as good as this has been lying around there gathering dust." The book was co-authored by Arthur Yorinks, who also collaborated with Sendak on The Miami Giant and Mommy?
The manuscript is complete, and there are illustrations for it that Sendak created in 1990 to accompany a London Symphony Orchestra performance of a composition involving nursery rhymes. Yorinks explains that he saw the illustrations and thought how sad it was they might only be used once. "They could be a book, no?" he remembers asking Sendak 20 years ago. They had "a hysterical afternoon of cracking each other up" while coming up with a storyline that fit with the pictures, then spent a few months refining it, but ultimately both got busy with other projects and forgot about the book. Yorinks made minor revisions to the text, and HarperCollins will publish the book in fall of 2018. Quartz notes that lost stories by Beatrix Potter and Dr. Seuss have also recently been found and published. (Read more Maurice Sendak stories.)