Before I begin my latest blog article, I should point out that for the past few days, I’ve been grappling with a health issue that I hope will be resolved within the next few days, just in time for my 47th birthday on Friday. I should also point out that said health issue hasn’t completely sidelined my writing career – I’ve recently uploaded my latest video on YouTube, as well as starting to write a new article for Triond (which I hope to complete in the next few days, barring further complications). As for the subject of my latest blog article …!
Maurice Sendak, who died today, was and will always be remembered as one of the greatest and most influential children’s authors/illustrators – not only of his generation, but also of all time. Sendak’s best known solo works – including the classic children’s book Where The Wild Things Are – remain classics to be cherished. In the case of Where The Wild Things Are, he showed childhood’s dark and troubled side with not only great imagination, but with uncompromising honesty – certainly a daring thing to do, especially when the book was first published in 1963, and one that still resonates today, considering what today’s youth is now facing. (And for the record, I thoroughly enjoyed Spike Jonez’ 2009 film version of Where The Wild Things Are, which remains just as great as the book that inspired it, which certainly pleased Sendak – not an easy thing to do, especially in today’s entertainment industry.)
Sendak, of course, also illustrated children’s books for other authors, with the results no less than magnificent – and helped guaranteed both their critical and financial success. Like the works of Theodor (Dr. Seuss) Geisel, Sendak’s literary efforts touched a chord not just with children, but adults as well. More importantly, Sendak – like many great authors, both past and present – knew that the best and most enduring stories could also be the most thought-provoking; even Where The Wild Things Are gives you something to think about, whether you’re a youngster struggling with the perils of childhood, or an adult remembering a far simpler time. It was that extraordinary creative trait that made Maurice Sendak one of the best, not just as an author/illustrator – but also a visionary who enjoyed and cared about the quality he put into his work. And that should never be forgotten.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as close to various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet – to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.sharepoint.com), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn) as well as his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad).
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