May 15, 2012
Honoring Maurice Sendak
As you may have heard, Maurice Sendak, the writer and illustrator of children’s literature, passed away last week. He is, of course, the best-selling author of one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, “Where the Wild Things Are.” Several years ago, Sendak paid a visit to my Connecticut television studio where we talked about his work, about books that influenced him, and about the importance of reading to your children. In 2009, I posted a blog about the Halloween special that my television crew created, inspired by the recent release of the wonderful movie, “Where the Wild Things Are.” Our set was transformed into the Land of the Wild Things and I had so much fun with guest, Jimmy Fallon. In honor of the passing of Maurice Sendak, I am reposting those photos.
1 Here I am in my old Connecticut television studio with author, Maurice Sendak.
2 Years later on the set of my New York City television studio - Working on the crystal cave
3 A turkey vulture picking at bones
4 Crunchy monster fingers and pimento cheese paws - the finger nails were almonds.
5 A beautiful, but spooky woodland forest
6 Glowing eyes seemed to be peering out from everywhere!
7 Green eggs of newt - they were actually large beads of tapioca.
8 The cured epidermis - salty ham
9 "Wild Things" audience members in the waiting area
10 Lovely audience skunks
11 A vial of monster mucus - raw oysters!
12 Jars of pickled brains - cauliflower heads
13 A platter of dirt and worms made from hot dogs
14 Dani Fiore - set decorator - as a wild bird
15 The original award-winning book by Maurice Sendak published in 1963
16 Calia Van Dyk, studio manager, in a menacing pose.
17 Our ghastly buffet was actually set upon this wild guy.
18 There was amazing detail in all places.
19 Creatures big and small
20 More glowing eyes
21 Audience members dressed as KW and Carol with Producer Barbara Fight
22 My makeup artist Mary Curran (middle) with a couple of other wild things.
23 Creepy Bat wings - chicken wings in a black bean marinade - very yummy
24 Thirst quenching eyeball Martinis
25 Radishes stuffed with olives - so ghastly!
26 Here I am backstage with Jimmy Fallon.
27 The audience was amazing!
28 More great costumes
29 Did you know that a group of owls is called a parliament?
30 Beautiful detail
31 More great masks
32 I just love how the audience really got into this show.
33 The buffet table engulfed in fog
34 That's Jimmy Fallon getting very spooked! He was so much fun.
35 Jimmy Fallon and I really enjoyed slurping Eggs of Newt together!
36 I'm standing with some 'wild things' and Sonny Gerasimowicz, the creative designer of the wild characters.
37 Posing on set with my TV crew
38 Warm up artist Joey Kola looking very wild, indeed
39 Set decorator Aaron Caramanis - wearing one of his designs
40 His 'comb' is made of rubberized work gloves.
41 Here I am talking to the audience after the show.
42 My boots were quite wild - After the show, I had to remove the right one because it was hurting my foot.
43 Wouldn't you know it? The fire department stopped by for an inspection! They were only a little surprised.
Watch My Interview With Maurice Sendak: