When I first encountered it in the college library in the early 1980s I was bowled over.
In this book, I could see how all my various talents might come together. That was the day I realised there was a person behind the illustrations in a book and the day Istarted working towards being a children’s book illustrator.
Where the Wild Things Are is a perfectly crafted piece of work. I’ve made this video to show you how brilliantly it is written and composed.
In many ways I’ve been trying to emulate this book over the years. I’ve written one or two cringingly bad homages to it shared with the world.