Posts Tagged Maurice Sendak

a hole is to dig

“A hole is to dig” arrived a few days ago. I’m not supposed to be spending at the moment, but it was only £3.91. And as philosopher Jesse F. Hughes  says here – “A sophisticated philosophy” – it is a precise and eloquent book.

It is a “first book of first definitions” written by Ruth Krauss, though crediting the children and teachers of a couple of kindergarten classes.

A sophisticated philosophy” has all the definitions, though not all the tiny pictures by Maurice Sendak.


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Terrible Yellow Eyes

Terrible Yellow Eyes

“I have been taken in by Maurice Sendak’s terrible and wonderful monsters.
I love the anger, and the frightfulness, and the joy I find there.
I hope you will find something here as well.”

— Cory Godbey —

“What I’ve wanted to do for sometime is make a collection of paintings inspired by Where the Wild Things Are as a tribute and celebration of the book. And now with the release of the film later in the year, the world of Wild Things has opened even wider.

My goal for this project is really just that, expressing of my love for the story. None of the art has been done for any profit but has all been created out of admiration for Maurice Sendak and Where the Wild Things Are.

…Simply put, like a visual love letter to the book, with Terrible Yellow Eyes I am seeking to celebrate and promote the original masterwork by Maurice Sendak in the best way I know how — with pictures.”


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where the wild things are


I’ve mentioned Maurice Sendak and Where The Wild Things Are before.

Now it’s being transmogrified from classic children’s book to feathure film, due for release on 16th October in the US.

There is such an economy in the book; not a word is wasted. There is no “message”, though Max’s anger, and his mastery of it is perfectly and generously, subtly and beautify pictured in just ten sentences plus fantastic illustrations.

How will that be possible in a 90 minute-odd film. There’ll be the divorced mother too busy to spend time with Max, and Max’s frustrations will remove him further and further from reality. It all seems a little “stock” – it’s a family film so we need to preach to mum and dad a little or they won’t leave the cinema satisfied.

Maybe I’m being pessimistic. Maybe it will be good. I do – really – like to see old favourites take on new forms, and I see Maurice has been a part of the transformation…

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