Illustrator and writer of children's books, born in New York City, USA. He trained at the Art Students' League, worked as a window-dresser, encountered classic illustrators in a toy store, and was commissioned by a publisher to illustrate The Wonderful Farm (1951) by Marcel Aymé. For A Hole Is To Dig (1952) he produced humorous, unsentimental drawings, and in 1956 came Kenny's Window, the first book he both illustrated and wrote. Where the Wild Things Are (1963, Caldecott Medal) made him internationally famous, followed by In The Night Kitchen (1970). Later books include Seven Little Monsters (1977) and We are all in the Dumps with Jack and Guy (1993). He also collaborated on opera production, such as The Magic Flute (Mozart), produced in Houston in 1980.
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