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‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Author Maurice Sendak Lives on with New Children’s Book

Whether he was bringing us along through the jungle with Max and the monsters in Where the Wild Things Are or swimming through giant vats of batter and milk in In the Night Kitchen, beloved children’s author Maurice Sendak always managed to capture the attention and minds of children through his captivating literature and illustrations. During his time on this Earth, he created numerous works for children’s literature.  Though Sendak has passed on, he is lives on with his newly published book entitled Presto & Zesto in Limboland.



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Longtime friends, Arthur Yorinks and Maurice Sendak collaborated to create a book from old drawings by Sendak, based on Czech nonsense rhymes which he was commissioned to do in 1990 for a performance of Leos Janacek’s Rikalda, a musical based on Czech nursery rhymes. The book, completed before his death, focuses on the story of two friends in search of a wedding present and cake. The book takes on the two author’s nicknames for one another, Presto and Zesto, the two characters are thrown into a world of complete fantasy. The two witness a sugar beet wedding, meet goats, befriend fire-loving monsters and bagpipes. Arthur Yorinks hopes that the book will showcase how “Friendship makes the oddities of life bearable, and sometimes fun.”



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10 Famous Authors Who Were Born in June

It’s finally June; the first month where it really starts to feel like summer! Now is the perfect time to grab your favorite book, pop on over to the nearest park, take root under a tree, and read while you soak up the sun.


And, what better way to celebrate the month of June than with the works of an author born this very month? Let’s say happy birthday to these ten Geminis and Cancers!



Thomas Hardy (June 2, 1840)


Thomas Hardy

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Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.



Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926)


Allen Ginsberg

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Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.



Nikki Giovanni (June 7, 1943)


Nikki Giovanni

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There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don’t expect you to save the world I do think it’s not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your life those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect.


Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928)


Maurice Sendak

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Why my needle is stuck in childhood, I don’t know. I guess that’s where my heart is.


Anne Frank (June 12, 1929)


Anne Frank

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How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.


William Butler Yeats (June 13, 1865)



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Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire.


Joyce Carol Oates (June 16, 1938)


Joyce Carol Oates

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We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.


Octavia E. Butler (June 22, 1947)


Octavia E. Butler

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I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.


George Orwell (June 25, 1903)


George Orwell

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The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect.


Jean-Jacques Rousseau (June 28, 1712)


Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.




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Hidden Maurice Sendak Book To Be Posthumously Published

Five years after his death, it seems the world has not heard the last from Maurice Sendak. Presto and Zesto in Limboland, a fully illustrated manuscript by Sendak and frequent collaborator Arthur Yorinks, will be published in the Fall of 2018 after nearly thirty years in seclusion.


The spectacular find was made by Lynn Caponera, President of the Maurice Sendak; Ironically, Caponera had been going through the author’s files to see what could be discarded. “What a miracle to find this buried treasure in the archives,” said Michael di Capua, Sendak’s former editor and publisher. “To think something as good as this has been lying around there gathering dust.”



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Sendak, creator of children’s classics including Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen, initially drew the illustrations in 1990 to accompany a London Symphony Orchestra performance of Rikalda, a series of Czech nursery rhymes set to music. When attaining good English translations of the nonsensical rhymes proved too difficult, the illustrations sat in Sendak’s drawer for 7 years until Yorinks suggested that the illustrations could make a book. Together, Sendak and Yorinks hashed out the plot of Presto and Zesto—their nicknames for each other—basing it on their own playful friendship. Despite their enthusiasm for the work, the two men moved on to other projects, quickly forgetting Presto.



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Yorinks, who has provided a few minor alterations to the text, is thrilled that the book will finally see the light of day. “We always had a lot of laughs for two really depressed guys,” he remembered fondly.


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Infographic: The Scariest Monsters in Literature

Halloween is a time for spooky monsters like the well-known Frankenstein, Dracula, and the Headless Horseman. It’s also a time for scary books. After all, every monster we just mentioned shares one thing in common: a literary heritage.

Books are full of creepy ghouls, ghosts, and monsters, so it’s no surprise that a lot of our Halloween horror inspiration comes from the scary stories on our bookshelves. But how well do you know the scariest monsters in all of literature?

Get into the spirit of Halloween with this awesome infographic from the folks at the UK’s Morph Costumes. All of the classic creeps are there, and they’re all helpfully labeled with a “Scream Score,” which is calculated by evaluating their creepy appearance, supernatural powers, and evil intent. Morph Costumes says that Pennywise, from Stephen King’s It, is the creepiest one of all. Do you agree?