Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, Locus Award for Best Art Book, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Picture Books, National Book Award for Children’s Books (Paperback)
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Seven Little Monsters, Little Bear
His works frequently depict a child entering an imaginative or dream related world or setting.
When I was a child, and I was shopping with my mother and she was holding my hand because I was a very little boy, and I passed the newsstand, and I saw a picture of a the Lindbergh baby dead in the woods… and I took my mother to see it. And apparently nobody but me saw it… It’s only in the past few years that I realized Colonel Lindbergh was so enraged that that picture was used and it was taken off the afternoon edition; I saw the morning edition. I spent my whole life believing I saw that picture. But that to me is why children are so important: they see things.
The town that my mother lived in and was born in… the town was burnt to the ground by the Germans, and my grandmother and her children got out and came to America. Tiresome, deadly people. I mean, yes, we’re so happy for those who survived, but some of them were just like regular people. You hated them. When I finally got to envision what the Wild Things looked like, that’s what they looked like: those greedy uncles and aunts who came to eat my food.
I want to kill everybody in publishing; I want to see them all laid out.
If Ursula Nordstrom hadn’t pursued everybody on the board of the Caldecott Newberry Committee, I’d never have won. I was the bad boy; I was always into bad-boy books.
I remember my own childhood vividly – I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn’t let adults know I knew. It would scare them.
I refuse to lie to children. I refuse to cater to the bullshit of innocence.
[from an interview in 2011] I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.