My two children are well above the age when they'd sit still for their mother and father reading a book to them. It won't be that many years before they have their own children. They'll be doing the reading.
And I have no doubt that Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" will be among the books they crack open and recite. On Tuesday, we learned that the author of perhaps one of the most famous children's books of all time had died at the age of 83.
The New York Times' report said the author had died from complications after a recent stroke. Writers have lauded Sendak's worth, but in particular his ability to craft children's stories out of what might have been considered "untraditional" — monsters "roaring their terrible roars" and "gnashing their terrible teeth" in a book for children?
Reading first to my daughter, then later, my son, those were our favorite lines of the book. We would toss our heads back as we recited "ROAR their terrible roars." We would clench our jaws and flare our lips as we said "GNASH their terrible teeth." We would spread our eyelids and raise our brows, saying "ROLL their terrible eyes." And the story would go on...
Do you have fond memories of reading Sendak's books to your children—and his classic "Wild Things" in particular? Share them in the comments below.