The Highest Compliment Maurice Sendak Ever Received

A few weeks ago I posted an entry called 8 Celebrity Tactics For Responding to Fan Mail. Well, I recently happened upon one more that should be added to the list.

Send Them Food For Thought

This one comes straight from the mouth of the late, great Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are:

“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters—sometimes very hastily—but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I've ever received. He didn't care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”

His work was so good it became an irresistible food. I’d say that’s pretty tall praise for any writer.

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November 3, 2012 - 8:30am
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