Author/Illustrator Maurice Sendak is my choice today. He was born on June 10, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents. Now that I know he was from NYC, I like him even better. Sendak described his childhood as a “terrible situation” due to the murders of members of his extended family in The Holocaust. I believe that his unusual approach to writing and illustrating was influenced by this .
His Life Story
He was a sickly child, in bed often, who started drawing to fill the time. At the age of twelve, he decided to become an illustrator after watching Walt Disney’s film Fantasia.
I can relate to Sendak because, when I was a child, I used to pretend I was sick so I could go into the guest room and have my mother buy me Katy Keene comics.
Maurice studied at the Art Students League. Like…
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