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Books on Film: Getting to Know Maurice Sendak

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So what was passionately close to my heart was a kid. And a kid doing something. And whatever that something was was what the book was going to be about.

That’s Maurice Sendak (who as we now know is unquestionably better than Dr. Seuss) talking about the heart of what was to become his masterpiece: Where the Wild Things Are.

I especially love the bit at the 2:00 mark where he starts talking about “trapping” the reader. This video is gold, folks – I could quote just about the whole thing, but how about you just watch it?

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.