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Children’s books are often viewed as the most tame examples of literature. But, like every other genre, Children’s Literature has its revolutionaries. And they are far from tame.
Today we love monsters in our children’s stories. There’s Monsters, Inc., How to Train Your Dragon, and The Monster at the End of this Book—not to mention the entirety of the puppet cast of Sesame Street. But these types of monsters weren’t always welcome in the world of Children’s Literature: even the tiniest elements of unpredictability, violence, and fear were considered too much for the sensitive minds of children during the early 20th century.
Of course, people who believed that clearly had an idealized view of children in the first place. The reality is that children deal with anger, frustration, and fear just as adults do. Maurice Sendak knew this, and he gave children an outlet.
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