Update May 8, 2012: Maurice Sendak died at the age of 83 in Danbury, Connecticut, the Associated Press reported. He painted a mischievous dreamscape in his books, fraught with tension and the “humongous heroism of children.” Read his obituary here and watch Sendak in his witty prime below.
Maurice Sendak, children’s literature’s favorite curmudgeon, looked awfully annoyed on the Colbert Report on Tuesday night.
Sendak’s three grouchiest quotes:
• “Newt Gingrich is an idiot of great renown.”
• On children: “I like them as few and far between as I like adults.”
• On Colbert’s idea for a sequel to “Where the Wild Things Are:” “It is so bad that it not only will sell, but it will make pots and pots of money for you.”
Someone’s having a no-good, very bad day.
Update: Here’s part 2 of the Sendak interview. Some Post readers took issue with this blog’s playful characterization of Sendak as a grouch. For the record, we knew the author had a good sense of humor.