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Runway: Where the Wild Pigs Party

9 Apr

This summer, Maurice Sendak will unveil his first authored/illustrated picture book in three decades. But Sendak sentinels to casual admirers won’t be kept in the dark, as the basis for “Bumble-Ardy” spawns from an animated short Sendak produced for Sesame Street.

Beyond “Where the Wild Things” and his comfortably bizarre illustrations, I’ve never been a fan of Sendak’s work. I prefer Mercer Mayer to guide me into the fantastical realm of dark imagination. Regardless, I’m looking forward to seeing what the 82 year old creative genius can do with an idea that has been sitting in the attic for as long as I’ve been living. As imaginators, we’re lucky to have such a legend alive in our life time kind enough to share.

Runway: Seuss’s Treasure Chest

9 Apr

In the mid 20th century, Theodor Suess Geisel planted seven little stories into the soil of various magazines. This September, over five decades later, those seeds will be re-planted in the hoops of blooming in the garden of “The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories”.

The Guardian’s childrens book section provides a delightful look into the forthcoming archival release. (Special thanks to CraveWriting reader Joe Allen for the article link!)

“Bippolo Seed” will be displayed on shelves just three weeks after the arrival of Maurice Sendak’s picture book “Bumble-Ardy.” With so many new faces in kid lit tirelessly picking away at the inspiring yet overbearing shadow of Seuss and Sendak, it will be interesting to see if anyone will be able to compete with them this summer.