By now you've learned about the recent passing of Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator.
But maybe you haven't read this memoriam, "Thanks, Maurice," by Steven Heller. Sendak spooked many of us; and, come to find out that wasn't so bad. Excerpt.
"Maurice Sendak’s 1963 “Where the Wild Things Are” unlocked a scary, psychologically nuanced, inner world long taboo in mainstream children’s books. Mr. Sendak once told me that King Kong was a great character and had influenced him when he created “Wild Things.”
“You’re supposed to be frightened of these things. Kids need Kongs to help them conquer their anxiety,” he said."
Make sure you check out the slide show to see and read about Sendak's universal influence.