I’m in no rush to see Where the Wild Things Are, although I do want to see it at some point. I’m not sure I’ll like the movie. I do love the book, however, and I do love its author, Maurice Sendak. And I especially love this comment he gave to the Guardian newspaper:
Telling the story of a naughty little boy, Max, who is sent to bed without his supper only to journey by boat to a land where wild monsters live, Sendak’s classic tale was first published in 1963 and has captured children’s imaginations ever since. With a film version adapted by Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze out later this year, Sendak told this week’s edition of Newsweek that he would “not tolerate” parental concerns about the book being too scary.
“I would tell them to go to hell,” Sendak said. And if children can’t handle the story, they should “go home,” he added. “Or wet your pants. Do whatever you like. But it’s not a question that can be answered.”
“But it’s not a question that can be answered.” Wow. I love it. He nailed it.