|"The book will challenge parents for the same reason it will thrill children: Briefly, it permits the dream of misbehavior without reproach or consequences."—The Atlantic.|
|"For Sendak, visiting the land of the very young is not something that requires a visa. He is a permanent citizen."—Time|
Sendak says his own unhappy childhood is the reason that danger lurks in his picture books. The Holocaust claimed the lives of many of his family members. The kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby terrified him. He had an uneasy relationship with his father.
"Childhood is a tricky business," Sendak says. "Usually, something goes wrong."
That theme got him into trouble with adult critics in the past, but he's not worried about how his younger readers will react.
"Kids," he explains, "are so shrewd."
I would infinitely prefer a daughter. If I had a son, I would leave him at the A&P or some other big advertising place where somebody who needs a kid would find him and he would be all right. ... A daughter would be drawn to me. A daughter would want to help me. Girls are infinitely more complicated than boys and women more than men. And there's no doubt about that. We just don't like to think about it. Certainly the men don't like to think about it. I have lived my whole life with a dream daughter.
|In the final scene of Bumble-Ardy, the rumpus is over and all is well.|