Christopher Tozier is the author of Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus, the award-winning, middle-grade fantasy series set in the wilds of central Florida and published by Pineapple Press. He was selected as a 2011 State of Florida Artist Fellowship recipient and his poetry has appeared widely.
As a six year old boy living in Ridgefield, Connecticut, (we lived in the same town!) I had the opportunity to "meet" Maurice Sendak at a book fair. I collected the feature that the Danbury News-Times published around the event and it has been folded up in my copy of Where the Wild Things Are ever since. Almost forty years later (ugh, 40 years), news of his death prompted me to unfurl the yellowed article and read it again.
My favorite quote, " I don't like all kids. Some of them are as awful as their parents."
Here is the article blown up so you can read it!
And my favorite Sendak moment:
Thank you for inspiring me Mr. Sendak. I hope the adventure you are on now is a wild rumpus.