Maurice Sendak, the author and illustrator of the popular childrens book Where the Wild Things Are once told a heartwarming and at the same time quite disturbing story of a big fan of his:
"Can you share some of your favorite comments from readers that you’ve gotten over the years?"
"A little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters – sometimes very hastily – but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, ‘Dear Jim: I loved your card.’ Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said: ‘Jim loved your card so much he ate it.’ That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it."
Sendak at the time had reached the peak of his populatity. One might assume that the drawing was worth a lot then and would be a treasured piece today. Having it framed on the wall might habe been nice.
Still somehow I am sure that the boy got the absolute maximum out of the gift
Were you ever as happy and excited as that kid?