Garden of Maurice Sendak's Inspiration

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Maurice Sendak, the 83-year-old writer and illustrator, reflects on his work in a new short documentary from the British art institution, the Tate. In books like In the Night Kitchen, Where the Wild Things Are and Outside, Over There, Sendak has explored the wonders of childhood.

In the other side, "Wild Thing," an adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book "Where the Wild Things Are," will give audiences an interactive journey into the mind of a child, said Director Anthony Gusevich, 24, of Union City.
He became famous and beloved by showing generations of children and parents “Where the Wild Things Are.” Now the author-illustrator is pointing to where the beautiful menorahs are.

Over a 60-year career, Sendak has taken characters, stories, and inspirations from his neighbors, family, pop culture, historical sources, and long-held childhood memories—winning every important prize in children’s literature along the way. On his artistic philosophy, Sendak looks to "Moby Dick" author Herman Melville, What Herman Melville has to do with the artist’s gauntlet and the sacrilege of sequels.