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Maurice Sendak may be the best-known childrens author illustrator in the world today His artwork has become somewhat of an American icon some even became the basis of an advertising campaign for Bell Atlantic This extremely gifted genius was actually cultivating within Sendak since his childhood and many different memories from his youth influenced the masterpieces he has created Born in Brooklyn on June 10th coincidently my birthday 1928 Sendak has illustrated over 70 books and written at least 15 himself He has also derived animated films for many of his stories as well as stage productions of Where The Wild Things Are and Really Rosie Currently he illustrates the animated series Little Bear on Nickelodeon Sendak grew up a sickly child who was not allowed to go outside often Therefore being the youngest child in a family of three he was left alone with his imagination He enjoyed drawing and reading from an early age but was often dissatisfied with the children books that were available to him He attempted to read what he called real books even when he was a young child he felt it was an embarrassment even to enter the childrens section of the library Sendak writes the type of books he wished he had as a child entertaining stories which are not limited by any effort to make things so simple for children that they become mundane Sendaks greatest influence as a writer was his father Phillip Sendak was a wonderfully creative storyteller who amazed Maurice and his brother and sister He didnt edit remarks Maurice in an interview with Marion Long Its funny because thats what Im accused of now being a storyteller who tells children inappropriate things Sendak strongly believes that children are curious by nature and so he must write stories which beckon the child to keep turning the pages The best stories for children tell children exactly what they want to hear with all
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