“The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another…” That opening line, written by Maurice Sendak, who died Tuesday, is etched in the memory of children who grew up hearing “Where the Wild Things Are” - and in the memory of parents who read it aloud again and again.
Although best known for “Where the Wild Things Are,” Sendak was author and illustrator of more than a dozen books, and the illustrator of many others. Among his works available at Seymour Library:
“Chicken Soup with Rice,” written and illustrated by Sendak, with a poem about soup for every month of the year.
“Pierre: A Cautionary Tale,” written and illustrated by Sendak, a funny story about a little boy who learned to care.
“Outside Over There,” written and illustrated by Sendak, about a little girl who must rescue her baby sister from goblins.
“Bumble-ardy,” Sendak's last book, published last year. It's about a mischievous pig who throws a birthday part for himself.
“Brundibar,” retold by Tony Kushner and illustrated by Sendak, based on a traditional opera about children who must defeat the bully Brundibar.
Books in Elsie Holmelund Minarik’s Little Bear series, including “Little Bear,” “Little Bear’s Visit,” “A Kiss for Little Bear” and “Father Bear Comes Home.”
“Swine Lake,” by James Marshall and illustrated by Sendak, about a hungry wolf who intends to eat the pigs performing a ballet but becomes distracted.