We wish glad tidings and birthday joy to beloved children's author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak! You've undoubtedly read his classic, Where the Wild Things Are, but did you know these interesting facts:
1. The original draft of Where the Wild Things Are featured horses instead of monsters.
2. When deciding to use monsters, Sendak used exaggerated caricatures of his relatives (and you thought your family was unfair!)
3. When the book was first published in 1963, it was quite controversial, generating negative reviews and being banned at libraries. Chief among the complaints was that the mother sent Max to bed without supper.
4. In the 1980s, Sendak worked with British composer Oliver Knussen on a children's opera based on the book.
5. According to recent estimates, Where the Wild Things Are has sold almost 20 million copies.