May 8, 2012 |
Maurice Sendak, the popular children's book illustrator and writer, died today at age 83 in a Danbury, Conn., hospital after suffering a stroke. Sendak was best known for his book " Where the Wild Things Are" but was also a frequent collaborator on operas, television programs, films and theater. Here's a look, by the numbers, of his impact: 50-plus: Books written and/or illustrated by Sendak 17 million: Copies in print of "Where the Wild Things Are," the 37-page classic about a boy named Max and the monsters that he meets that Sendak published in 1963 to much acclaim and controversy.
May 8, 2012 |
Maurice Sendak may be gone -- but he's hardly forgotten. His books, including the childhood staple"Where the Wild Things Are,"were selling fast and furious Tuesday as news of the author's death sent fans to bookstores to reconnect with their old friend. But "Where the Wild Things Are" was being largely overlooked, with sales of other Sendak titles skyrocketing past it. At Amazon.com's Movers & Shakers list -- an hourly compilation of book sales from the last 24 hours -- Sendak titles accounted Tuesday afternoon for seven of the top 10 bestselling books.
May 8, 2012 |
Though best remembered for his childhood-defining work "Where the Wild Things Are," Maurice Sendak's uniquely skewed view will also be missed on stages around the world. The children's book illustrator and author died Tuesday at age 83. Called upon to design sets for the Pacific Northwest Ballet's "The Nutcracker," Sendak's production premiered to raves in 1983 and has been an annual tradition in Seattle. Reception for his other works, however, wasn't always so kind. The Times' Martin Bernheimer was far from enthused with 1990 production of Mozart's "Idomeneo" at the Music Center, which featured costumes and backgrounds by Sendak.
May 8, 2012 |
The Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia will be free of charge today (Tuesday) to honor the author of "Where the Wild Things Are" and other children's books who died Tuesday following a stroke at the age of 83. "It is with great sadness that the Rosenbach Museum & Library says goodbye to its longtime trustee, supporter and all-around good friend Maurice Sendak , whose work is a cornerstone of the museum's collection," director...
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September 25, 2011 |
If every picture tells a story, then the "look back" photos on the Facebook page of the Every Picture Tells a Story gallery and bookstore speak volumes. There's Laura Numeroff, author of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and dozens of other children's books, grinning next to Eric Carle, the eminent creator of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar. " There's Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man and the X-Men, and Ray Harryhausen, stop-motion animation wizard. Every Picture Tells a Story closed earlier this month, after 23 years of selling original art from children's books, fantasy literature and Marvel Comics to the likes of Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, Judd Apatow, Jon Favreau and plenty of just plain folks.
September 21, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday: Despite record ratings for "Two and a Half Men. ", Charlie Sheen fans aren't happy about Ashton Kutcher. ( Los Angeles Times ) Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen is working the apology circuit. ( Los Angeles Times ) The first celeb was booted from "Dancing With the Stars. " ( Los Angeles Times ) "The X-Factor": "American Idol: Part 2"? ( Los Angeles Times ) Gordon Ramsay is getting another reality show: "Hotel Hell.
April 25, 2010
A very hungry caterpillar. A very repulsive ogre. Some wonderfully Wild Things. There's nothing like curling up with a good book — a picture book, that is. A bedtime adventure rendered in a few words and lots of images can whet the imagination and help kids read, reason and figure out right from wrong. "These books are a magnet for learning," says cultural critic Ilan Stavans. "A mother or father can show what is happening on the page while the child recognizes a comforting voice and feels the human touch.
February 28, 2010 |
Spike Jonze's adaptation of "Where the Wild Things Are" turns the slimmest of books -- 10 sentences, 18 pictures -- into a feature-length film. This feat of expansion is perhaps all the more surprising when you consider the director's track record -- in music videos, skate videos, short films, commercials and various off-the-cuff goofs and larks -- as a miniaturist par excellence. "Wild Things," out on standard and Blu-ray DVD this week, is only Jonze's third feature in a decade, and it's clearly a labor of love.
December 16, 2009
For Lights, Camera . . . , we ask a craftsperson to talk about a specific scene in his or her latest film. This week, K.K Barrett , production designer for "Where the Wild Things Are," talks about creating the fort the monsters build. The heavy lifting in designing for film is inspiration, the flash point where a key idea unlocks a door, and it all makes sense. In "Where the Wild Things Are," we would be designing a child's imagination. Usually, the guide to forays into film fantasy start with the script.
October 20, 2009 |
If they gave out Oscars for marketing campaigns, you could pretty much hand out the trophy right now to Warner Bros. marketing chief Sue Kroll, who almost single-handedly managed to find an audience for "Where the Wild Things Are," the new family movie that turned out not to really be a family movie at all. In fact, it would be hard to imagine a movie that had a weirder opening weekend than "Wild Things." Adapted by Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers from the much-beloved Maurice Sendak book, the film grossed $32.7 million, despite the fact that families with children -- normally an overwhelming portion of a family film's core audience -- made up only 43% of the audience.