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It was the best I ever saw,” Kathy answered. ” “Same time, same place,” said Rosie. ” Rosie was all alone. 29 35 In 1963, Maurice Sendak published Where the Wild Things Are, now one of his most well known books, and the next year the American Library Association (ALA) awarded Where the Wild Things Are the Caldecott Medal. In 1975, Sendak adapted Where the Wild Things Are to opera, providing the story and designing the sets and costumes while Oliver Knussen wrote the music. Above is a scene from a 1985 production of their musical creation at the Glyndebourne Festival Theatre.
Like all authors and artists, Sendak draws his inspirations from other people, places, and life experiences. He may be riding in a car one day and see a homeless boy’s feet sticking out of a box and conceive the idea for a story about homeless children, as he did with We Are All in the Dumps With Jack and Guy. Or, he may recall the little girl named Rosie from his old Brooklyn neighborhood who enjoyed playacting for her friends, which led to The Sign on Rosie’s Door. For In the Night Kitchen, Sendak was inspired to draw his three bakers to resemble the movie comic Oliver Hardy after seeing one of Hardy’s movies, Nothing but Trouble, on television as he started work on the book.
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