"And despite the dangers and the terrors that inhabit his books, Sendak said he had never received a letter from a child which said "Go to hell". Instead, "they are always thanking me for opening the door, even if it was only peeking through to show how difficult life could be", he said. "What I do as best I can is out of a deep respect for children, for how difficult their world is. Yes, there have to be places for safe wonderful stories. It's a big world; it's a big profession. But there should still be crazy people like me and Tomi [Ungerer] left."
Here's also the link to the New York Times article 'On The Phone With Maurice Sendak':http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/16/on-the-phone-with-maurice-sendak/
Bumble Ardy, the story of a young pig who's never had a birthday party and is left unsupervised as he undertakes his own wild masquerade party is Sendak's first picture book since 'Outside Over There' in 1981. Sendak is the winner of numerous prestigious awards for this picturebooks, including the Caldecott Medal for 'Where The Wild Things Are', the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize, the Laura Ingalls Wilder award, and the Hans Christian Andersen award. Bumble Ardy will be released on 29 September.