“Let the wild rumpus start!”

“Let the wild rumpus start!”

Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak!

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“king of all wild things.”- Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

This beloved children’s author and illustrator turns 89 today, or at least he would have if he had not passed away in 2012. Best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak has influenced children’s literature in so many ways. The story of Max and his adventures in the wild forest with its wild creatures is one of my favorites. Dressed in a wolf costume, Max lives out his wildest dreams of adventure and reveling with his new friends, he is eventually crowned the King of the Wild Things. Donning a wild crown, Max eventually decides to return back home to find a hot dinner waiting for him. Filled with such beautiful illustrations and enduring lines, Where the Wild Things Are encourages adults and children alike to give in to their sense of adventure and wildness.

Another favorite is Little Bear, a series about a bear and his family that Maurice Sendak illustrated. Little Bear goes on many adventures with his woodland friends, loves his mother and father, who is a sea captain, and is just a generally lovable little bear. The illustrations are less fantastical than those found in Where the Wild Things Are, but both are uniquely and beautifully Sendak.

If you have little ones, read them these books today and relish the illustrations and imagination of a truly unique artist. If you don’t have little ones running around, “let the wild rumpus start” all on your own!

Looking for another way to celebrate Sendak’s big day? Check out some of my favorite Wild Things-themed goods at the links below.

How cute are these max crowns? Perfect for a photo shoot, dress up, birthday party– the only limit is your imagination.

Wild things t-shirt? Yes, please. Wild things t-shirt for grown up dudes? YES, PLEASE!!! Wild things t-shirts for the whole family? I can’t even deal…

Awesome advice for a little boy or girl. Make sure they can see it everyday with this nursery decor. Let the wild rumpus start!

Looking for something a little sweeter? Tell them how much you love them with this nursery decor.  I’ll eat you up, I love you so.

Wild things matryoshka nesting dolls.  Need I say more?

Get your own copy of Where the Wild Things Are here.  Little Bear can be found here.

 

Happy Birthday, Maurice Sendak! May we all act a little more like a wild thing today and everyday in your honor.