With children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak’s death Tuesday morning, us kids big and small are left with a hole in our hearts. But Sendak, the winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the classic Where the Wild Things Are, told PEOPLE in 1988 that he believed children were tough enough for the grimmest fairy tales. “Parents shouldn’t assume children are made out of sugar candy and will break and collapse instantly,” he said. “Kids don’t. We do.”
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TELL US: What did Where the Wild Things Are mean to you? Do you remember reading the book as a child? Have you introduced it to your own kids?