My skateboard in high-school had a Where the Wild Things Are forest scene on its deck. It was fun and cool. I was only recently made aware of the broader scope of Sendak's work and personality after attending a Colbert/Sendak exhibit at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. From readings by President Obama to humorous interviews by Stephen Colbert, here are some links in tribute to Sendak:
1. NY Times
"Mr. Sendak’s characters, by contrast, are headstrong, bossy, even obnoxious. (In “Pierre,” “I don’t care!” is the response of the small eponymous hero to absolutely everything.) His pictures are often unsettling. His plots are fraught with rupture: children are kidnapped, parents
disappear, a dog lights out from her comfortable home"
7. Obama reads Where the Wild Things Are