The great children's book author and illustrator -- and all-around brilliant artist -- Maurice Sendak died this morning. Most famous for Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963, and In The Night Kitchen, 1970, Sendak wrote and/or illustrated many books, produced and designed theater, opera and ballet productions, and has left us with a body of work that will be influential for years to come. He will be greatly missed.
Here are two fantastic interviews with Sendak by Stepen Colbert from January of this year that really show Sendak's wit and mind in top form.
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 1
"Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak contemplates the complexity of children and the simplicity of Newt Gingrich."
Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak Pt. 2
"Maurice Sendak considers the state of children's literature and gets high on markers."