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May 11th, 2012

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09:53 am - My Maurice Sendak Story
A long time ago when I was a child, Maurice Sendak came to sign books at the University of Connecticut's bookstore, the Co-op. Desperately gripping my copy of Where the Wild Things Are, I didn't notice that I was the only kid in a very long line of college students. Maurice Sendak noriced, however, and when it was my turn he said this to me:

"Because you're the youngest person here, I'm going to tell you a secret. I'm going to sign your book with the word BOO! to remind you that the next book I'm writing is a *scary* book, one about a girl whose baby brother is stolen away by goblins. And I'm only telling *you* that today, so you remember that."

The book was Outside Over There, of course.

Years later when I saw what was soon to become my young adulthood favorite movie, Labyrinth, I was once again happily reminded of my encounter with Mr. Sendak.

(for those of you who--foolishly--have never seen this movie, it is about a girl whose baby brother is stolen away by goblins. Jim Henson credits Maurice Sendak at the end of the movie, and the book Outside Over There appears in the main character's room).

That copy of Where the Wild Things Are has traveled with me to every place I have ever moved to. I bought a new copy for my children--mine is falling apart--but take down the old one and show it to them, and tell them the story of how I met the man who made the Wild Things, and what a wonderful man he was.

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Date:May 11th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
What an awesomely cool story! Lucky you! :) Thanks for sharing!
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Date:May 29th, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
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From:Katrina Devlin
Date:May 15th, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Do you think you will write any more books on The Nine Lives of Chloe King? There was so much left unexplained. Her adopted father, if the curse was lifted from all Prides, how Mus mus might have repaid her kindness. I would love to know if we could look forward to more installments.
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Date:May 29th, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
I would love to write more! There is so much more of her story to tell... I am just waiting for the go-ahead from the publisher! Thanks for reading!!
Date:May 25th, 2012 05:46 am (UTC)
Some weeks ago I discover the first and unique sesion of the nine lives of chloe king and I was amazed. I love it! It was disappointing to discover that it was the only sesion out. Now I am going to buy your books trying to discover what has happened and to know the final of all of this. Congrats for everything and thankyou for your great imagination!!
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Date:May 29th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your kind words, Sandra! It's letters and comments like yours that keep me going when the going gets blocked... :)

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