Mitchell Reports | May 08, 2012
>> so much. forever changed the way we think of children's literature has died at the age of 83 after complications from suffering a stroke. there were very few happy endings in his stories. his children were permitted to behave badly, even be obnoxious, they explored the dark side of their emotional life. his illustrations were wildly evocative, often frightening. in his world, in his most famous book, where the wild things are, later made into a movie. a boy who is sent to bed without dinner for misbehaving goes on a wild imaginative journey through a land of monsters. it was published in 1963 . it became one of the ten best selling children's books of all time. he said he never intended to write children's books at all.
>> i don't write for children.
>> you don't?
>> no. i write and somebody says that's for children. i didn't set out to make children happy or make life better for them or easier for them.
>> whether he intended it or not, the book has, of course, inspired the imaginations of a generation of children and later their children. it is read and beloved by millions including the president who called it one of his favorite books.
>> it's the wild rumpus! now stop, max said, and sent the wild things off to bed without their supper. and max the king of all the wild things was lonely. and he wanted to be where someone loved him best of all. entire lives. one a day men's 50+ is