I love Maurice Sendak but…

At 83, Maurice Sendak has a new book out and he’s still making waves.  Check out his recent interview in The New York Times where he admitted that he hasn’t been keeping up with children’s books but finds there to be “a certain passivity.”  I’m not sure that I entirely agree though; not when I think of books like Mo Willems Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and Neil Gaiman’s The Wolves in the Walls to mention just a few that break boundaries in the same way that Sendak’s books did.  I’m wondering what others think about this.  Any comments?

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. elizabethannewrites
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 08:55:02

    I couldn’t get to the article, because the link just gave me the cover image, but — if he’s not keeping up with current picture books, how can he judge? Current books may not be like his work, but I wouldn’t call the current trends “passivity”… I will need to take a look at Bumble-ardy, and at the full New York Times article, but I see action, and twists, and pushing the boundaries in the picture books I’m reading these days.


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