About four years ago, I read Where the Wild Things Are for a class, and Maurice Sendak changed the way I thought about Children's Literature. I guess you could say he made me start to think about Children's Literature. Never before had I seen an author treat his young audience with such respect, or write and illustrate short stories packed with such worth.
"Max stepped into his private boat and waved good-bye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him...and it was still hot."
--Where the Wild Things Are
Rest in peace, Mr. Sendak. Thank you for getting me to where I am.