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10 Fun Facts About 'Where The Wild Things Are'

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

UnknownNet Photography via Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0 In Maurice Sendak's 1963 children’s book, Max, a little boy in a wolf costume, is sent to bed without supper. So he sails on a boat to a faraway land where he tames the Wild Things, becomes their king, and leads them on a wild rumpus. Show More Summary

TA Live Scoop: On Sales This Week 4/27-5/1

3 weeks agoEntertainment : TA Live

Bear’s Den – On Sale 5/1 10 AM ET Bear’s Den, inspired by Maurice Sendak’s 1963 children’s classic Where The Wild Things Are, is the London based trio of Andrew Davie, Kev Jones, and Joey Haynes. They create music which dares to be both literate and profound while remaining universally accessible. They will be performing live at […]

Wild Rumpus rainbow noise makers crafts

Colourful, loud, and fun: make a set of rainbow noise makers and join in the Big Wild Rumpus party! Wild Rumpus rainbow noise makers To celebrate the reissuing of Maurice Sendak’s book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ we are joining in with The Big Wild Rumpus, hosted by Random House and Wild Rumpus. Show More Summary

Children Scream in Panic as Obama Reads to Them

As President Barack Obama started reading Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" during the annual Easter Egg Roll event, kids began to make noise as bees buzzed nearby. "Oh no, it's a bee. That's OK, guys. Bees are good, they won't land on you. Show More Summary

About President Obama’s bee agenda…

As President Obama read Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" to a group of children at the White House Easter Egg Roll, a single bee descended -- and with it, pandemonium. At first, the president tried to calm the screaming kids down with reason. "It’s O.K. guys. Bees are good," he told them. "They […]

White House Easter: Obama Tells Screaming Kids 'Bees Are Good'

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

On Monday, at the White House Easter Egg Roll, President Obama’s reading of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are was interrupted by bees. The children in attendance screamed, because children and bees are natural enemies. The President urged them to stop screaming, because “bees are good,” and besides, wild things wouldn’t be afraid of bees. What a great day. Read more...

Consolation for Life’s Darkest Hours: 7 Unusual and Wonderful Books that Help Children Grieve and Make Sense of Death

2 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

From Japanese pop-up magic to Scandinavian storytelling to Maurice Sendak, a gentle primer on the messiness of mourning and the many faces and phases of grief.

Ridgefield Locals Hope to Establish a Maurice Sendak Museum

3 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

A group of locals from Ridgefield hope to build a museum to honor the legendary children’s books creator, Maurice Sendak. Sendak spent forty years of his life as a resident of this small Connecticut town. Both the Maurice Sendak Foundation and the townspeople have approved the pursuants’ proposal. Show More Summary

The Best LGBT Children’s Books: A Sweet and Assuring Celebration of Diversity and Difference

3 months agoHumor : Brain Pickings

From Maurice Sendak to the real-life story of a gay penguin family, by way of grandmothers and kings.

Quote For The Day

By Maurice Sendak: “But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go – we’ll eat you up – we love you so!” And Max said, “No!” The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat […]

Rest in Pieces: Scenes From the (Permanent?) Tear Down of the Sendak/Stowell Nutcracker

5 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

At 7:43 pm on Dec 28, after a lengthy standing ovation, the curtain went down on the final performance of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker before its indefinite hiatus. After 32 years, this Nutcracker, designed by Maurice Sendak...Show More Summary

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- Americana Exchange has posted their list of the top 500 auction prices paid for books and manuscripts in 2014.- More details are emerging from the Rosenbach's lawsuit over Maurice Sendak's estate; the value and categorization of some...Show More Summary

Our Critics' Top Picks for Today

5 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

THE LAST OF THE SENDAK SETS AT NUTCRACKERNutcracker @ McCaw HallYou probably know by now that Pacific Northwest Ballet has announced that this year will be its last staging of Nutcracker with Maurice Sendak’s beautiful, albeit sometimes...Show More Summary

A Christmas Gift

Take five minutes to listen to this lovely interview between Terry Gross and Maurice Sendak, taped a few years ago. Great graphic accompaniment, too, by Christopher Niemann.Make sure to hear his last three sentences.

Maurice Sendak’s Weird and Wonderful Nutcracker

5 months agoHumor : Brain Pickings

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Neil Gaiman Recites ‘Jabberwocky’ From Memory

5 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Once again, Neil Gaiman agreed to perform a reading of a beloved children’s story for a Worldbuilders fundraising venture. The choices included Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll, Fox in Socks by Dr. Show More Summary

Thursday Morning Open Thread

Via the comments to a NYTimes article on the ongoing disposition of Maurice Sendak’s estate. (I understand the Rosenbach Library’s disappointment, but it seems clear that Mr. Sendak wanted Ms. Caponera to turn his former home into a house museum and study center…. and what a perfect way to celebrate a great artist’s quirky and [Read more...]

A Philadelphia Library Sues Maurice Sendak’s Estate

6 months agoArts : Hyperallergic

Throughout his life, Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak made no distinction between writing for adults and writing for children. Now the courts will have their say.

Book News: Battle Over Maurice Sendak's Book Collection Sparks A Lawsuit

6 months agoNews : The Two-Way

The dispute centers on many of the late author's rare books, which a Philadelphia museum says are being withheld by Sendak's trustees. Also: Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy may be coming to HBO.

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