Sendak’s last book “My Brother’s Book” will be published in early Feb. 2013. He writes in anticipation of his own death, so it is a far cry from the rambunctious, playful stories he’s best known for. His older brother Jack passed away in 1995 and this story shows how they might be reunited (obviously, in his imagination.) Gentle watercolors and bright hues are also a change from many of his other books. See this review from PW. Listed on Amazon as well.
Maurice Sendak, widely considered by many to be the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, died Tuesday at the age of 83. He wrote and illustrated more than a dozen picture books, and is most well known for Where the Wild Thing Are which won the Caldecott Medal in 1964. Other favorites include In the Night Kitchen, The Sign on Rosie’s Door, and Chicken Soup with Rice. A posthumous picture book, My Brother’s Book is scheduled to be published next February. Check out the library catalog for the rest of his works.
Today’s New York Times has a wonderful article on Sendak, including a link to his 2-part interview with Stephen Colbert.