Sendak's most famous book almost didn't include drawings of the signature wild things (meant to represent distant relatives who would visit his family in Brooklyn). Sendak set out to draw horses that would inhabit the island, but he wasn't ever satisfied with his illustrations, so he ultimately changed them into "things." While the story tells the tale of a child sent to bed without supper, as a tot, I loved it for its wild illustrations and fantasy tale.
Now that I know the history of the book and the criticism Sendak faced in creating a book that didn't fit the traditional happy children's fairy-tale mold, I adore the author's determination in telling the truth. As he said earlier this year, "I refuse to lie to children. I refuse to cater to the bullsh*t of innocence."