“Maurice was always a fairly sparky character…”

A few years ago I made, with my own fair (yet somehow brutishly clumsy) hands, a wolf suit as worn by Max in Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, for my son Charlie’s World Book Day event at school.

I wrote a piece about it, which you can see here, and subsequently got chatting to a lovely lady called Judy Taylor Hough. Judy was the editor at The Bodley Head who brought Where the Wild Things Are, and thus Maurice Sendak, to a British and European audience. I ended up sending the picture to Judy and she forwarded it on to Sendak, and said that he’d been charmed by it.

Earlier this year, of course, Maurice Sendak died at the age of 83. I spoke to Judy again a day or so later. Today (June 12), a memorial service was scheduled to take place at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, for which Judy had flown over.

I spoke to her again last week, and the results of our chat are now contained in this piece here on the Guardian website.

The picture on the left is of Judy with Maurice, and is used with her permission.

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