Those hoping there would be a sequel to Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” are in for a disappointment.
A Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a poem called “Back to the Wild” has been suspended following a copyright complaint from HarperCollins, which published the original “Wild Things.” The U.K.-based crowdfunding campaign aimed to raise £25,000 to publish the new work.
According to the legal notice sent by HarperCollins, “The infringing material is a proposal to create a “sequel” to WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE… would clearly violate the Estate’s right to create derivative works.”
Although “Back to the Wild” is based on the original, it was written by poet Geoffrey O. Todd and illustrated by Rich Berner. It was intended to tell the story of Max returning to the land of the Wild Things 30 years later together with his daughter, Sophie.
Children’s author Maurice Sendak, who died May 8, 2012, would have been 85 today. In his honor, Google has produced a complete animated sequence on its homepage, celebrating Sendak books such as “Where the Wild Things Are,” “In the Night Kitchen” and “Bumble-Ardy.” Head over to Google or watch the whole thing below.
Are the Wild Things, from Maurice Sendak’s, “Where the Wild Things Are,” actually living somewhere in the Star Trek universe? Well, there’s no real evidence of any intersection between Sendak’s imaginary world and that of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. But worlds could still collide at the recent Denver Comic Con, where William Shatner, who played Star Trek’s Captain Kirk, read Sendak’s book to a group of young readers.
“But remember, here’s the whole idea,” Shatner told his audience. “Mysterious questions, the mystery of the world — nobody knows the answers to a lot of it. And so it’s all in your imagination.”
Well, in my imagination, maybe the Wild Things actually live somewhere in the Gamma Quadrant.
Watch William Shatner read ‘Where the Wild Things Are’:
An elementary school in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood is renaming itself after late children’s author Maurice Sendak.
PS 118 announced February 8 that it will now be called the Maurice Sendak Community School, after the author of “Where the Wild Things Are,” “In the Night Kitchen” and “Chicken Soup With Rice,” among other classics. “We are thrilled to honor a great Brooklyn native and in doing so, we hope to inspire our children to find their own creative expression,” the school stated on its website.
The Brooklyn school is now the second to be named after Sendak, according the Daily News. In 2005 a school in North Hollywood, Calif., was named the Maurice Sendak Elementary School.
Maurice Sendak, author of beloved children’s books such as “Where the Wild Things Are” and “In the Night Kitchen,” died May 8 at age 83 of complications from a stroke.
Sendak, who was born in Brooklyn to Jewish immigrants from Poland, broke the conventions of children’s literature with his dark and psychologically acute early books. “Where the Wild Things Are” was published to acclaim and controversy in 1963, and received the Caldecott Medal in 1964. In 1966 Sendak published an illustrated version of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s children’s story “Zlateh the Goat,” which received the Newbery Medal.
Though Sendak produced few children’s books since “Outside Over There,” which was published in 1981, his latest work, titled “Bumble-Ardy,” came out in September 2011. According to The New York Times, a posthumous book titled “My Brother’s Book,” inspired by Sendak’s late brother Jack, is set to be published in February 2013.
In recent years Sendak enjoyed a renewed popularity that included a 2009 film version of “Where the Wild Things Are,” directed by Spike Jonze, and exhibits of his work at museums such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum and Library. He also curated an exhibit of Hanukkah lamps at The Jewish Museum in New York and in January made an appearance on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.
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