Let’s Be Enemies
by Maria Popova
A delightful lesson in reverse psychology from the greatest children’s illustrator of all time.
Everything Maurice Sendak touched had an immutable aura of wonderfulness to it, from his beloved children’s books to hislittle-known posters on the joy of reading to his energy as an educator. Among his earliest and loveliest gems is Let’s Be Enemies (public library), written by Janice May Udry and published in 1961 — the same year that young Sendak received thatremarkable letter of encouragement from his editor and patron saint, the great Ursula Nordstrom, and also the year that he created his magnificent Tolstoy illustrations.