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Books on Film: Maurice Sendak on Childhood

How do you prevent being eaten whole by a monster?

PBS has a video series called Blank on Blank with a mission to “curate and transform journalists’ unheard interviews with icons, bringing them to life on radio, mobile apps, YouTube, and beyond.”

They recently gave the video treatment to a 2009 Newsweek interview with Maurice Sendak. It’s smart, crazy, wise, and inscrutable all rolled into one. I daresay … Sendakian.

(Thanks to BuzzFeed for the link)

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. Listening to this made my morning– Mr. Sendak is always inspiring. Thanks for posting it!