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Maurice Sendak

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The Resume

    (June 10, 1928-May 8, 2012)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Wrote and illustrated 'The Nutshell Library' (1962), 'Where the Wild Things Are' (1963), 'In the Night Kitchen' (1970), 'Seven Little Monsters' (1977) and 'We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy' (1983)
    Illustrated 70 other books including Else Minarik's 'Little Bear' series (1957-68)
    Directed the animated TV special 'Really Rosie' (1975)
    Designed sets and costumes for operas and ballets including Mozart's 'The Magic Flute,' Prokofiev's 'The Love for Three Oranges' and Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker Suite'

Why he might be annoying:

    'Where the Wild Things Are' was originally 'Where the Wild Horses Are' before he realized he could not draw horses.
    Several critics complained his books were too frightening for children.
    'In the Night Kitchen' has frequently been banned and censored because its three-year-old protagonist goes through much of the story naked.
    He had no children, commenting 'In real life, they're much too frightening.'

Why he might not be annoying:

    Time magazine called him 'The Picasso of children's books.'
    He decided to become an illustrator after seeing Disney's 'Fantasia' at age 12.
    He received the National Medal of the Arts (1996).
    He commented, 'I've had any number of kids saying, 'Your book scared the shit out of me, but I couldn't put it down and now I adore it.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    In 2023, Out of 3 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 2 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 7 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 5 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 9 Votes: 44.44% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 5 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 7 Votes: 14.29% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 7 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 19 Votes: 47.37% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 130 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 26 Votes: 46.15% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 37 Votes: 51.35% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 63 Votes: 41.27% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 29 Votes: 44.83% Annoying