The works of Maurice Sendak remain eternally popular with children (and grown-ups, too) because of Sendak's honesty. His children are inquisitive, bright, impulsive and capable of making mistakes and doing bad things; they're also contrite when caught doing those things, and innocent of any true malice, just like real-world children. And just like in the real world, his created worlds often have a lurking menace, a sense that something bad might be out there, somewhere in the dark. In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak
, an extensive exhibit of Sendak's art and text, explores the cynosure between his fictional worlds and his own childhood, and how each shaped the other. In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak
opens with a free reception at 7 p.m. Friday, October 28, at St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-994-3300 or www.slcl.org
). The exhibition remains on display through Wednesday, December 14, and admission is free.
Oct. 28-Dec. 14, 2011