“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!” Name that line. Better yet, name that image. Think wild things. Five fierce creatures with beaks and horns and terrible roars, each bowing in reverence to one self-possessed little boy named Max.
If the Maurice Sendak classic “Where the Wild Things Are” is etched indelibly in your mind, you already know the power of pictures. Half a century ago, The New York Times celebrated that power in its first roundup of the best illustrated children’s books. Since then, new classics have been forged of collage and gouache, oil and pen. Collectively, they are childhood memories worth framing. Fanciful backdrops for that magical space between wakefulness and sleep. The art and artfulness of children’s books.
Eden Ross Lipson, children’s book editor, The New Y ork Times
David Macaulay, author and illustrator of, among others, “The Way Things Work” and “Cathedral”
Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator of, among others, “Where the Wild Things Are” and “In the Night Kitchen”