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Books on Film: Maurice Sendak

I only have one idea. The trick is to do so many clever variations on the one idea that people don’t know you’re writing the same book over and over again.

I thought I’d tracked down every old Maurice Sendak interview on the internet. And then one popped up out of the blue. It’s from 1982 and it’s great.

He talks about the decision to move out of Brooklyn, how he exercises his creativity (with the help of Mozart), the origins of Where the Wild Things Are (and his other books), when Mickey Mouse sold out, and a lot more. This video, more than any other I’ve seen, gives a sense of what the guy was really like.

So, back to that original quote – what is Sendak’s one idea? Click below to find out.

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. Once the children will read, more things they will know. The more they learn, the more places they will go. Thanks for sharing!