“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”
Homage to the late, great Maurice Sendak. The photo above is of my oldest daughter about two years ago who was obsessed with Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” book at the time. The movie came out shortly thereafter and it remains in her top 3 to this day. She was dawdling behind me, quite slowly, and then I turned to her and asked where that wild thing was? She gave me her best wild thing growl. I then had her repeat it for the camera.
I sharply remember WTWTA as child so it was a pleasure to see it stand the test of time in my children. All my kids love to be read to and my oldest is now venturing out into her own books and own habits. We have a ridiculous amount of children’s books stuffed in cabinets, shelves and under beds. But never have I witnessed a kid become so arrested by Sendak’s illustrations. Whatever he stumbled onto, it damn sure works. Looking back as an adult, I’ve noticed that his books turn towards the darker aspects of childhood, towards temper tantrums and not so super behaviors. Also in the books, the characters usually come to terms. Max gets the wild out and then misses his parents. He returns to the warmness of love (his meal) waiting at home. It’s been said before, but so much of his books are about kids as much as they are written for kids.
Processing notes: texture application and then tone tweaking in Lightroom. Then I searched out a font that was bit similar to the font used in the movie and added the text with border in Photoshop.