Final drawing for "Where the Wild Things Are." One of the most memorable phrases in Sendak's book is Max's proclamation, "And now, let the wild rumpus start!" Sendak's conception of the wild rumpus was visionary when this book was published. He used these remarkable images as double-page spreads without any text, just scene after scene of Max and the Wild Things being wild. The wordless images allowed Sendak's readers to imagine their way into Max's world. This scene is the only scene where the Wild Things take their eyes off of Max throughout the entire book, shifting their attention to a full moon instead.
COPYRIGHT MAURICE SENDAK, 1963