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Books on Film: From the Archives: Maurice Sendak on Charlie Rose in 1993

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In the Dumps

“You tell the truth as best you can. And the people who need the truth most are children.”

—Maurice Sendak

Oh man, this is a good one.

25 years ago Maurice Sendak visited the Charlie Rose show to talk about his latest book at the time, We’re All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy. They quickly go deep on children’s literature, as Sendak is unable to talk about frivolous stuff (and we love him for that). *Note* Skip to the 38:30 mark to get started.


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.


  1. Thankyou for the Sendak and Ungerer videos. They have much in common. I wonder if they were aquainted.