I am writing in protest of your recent cartoon. (Pandas mourn death of Maurice Sendak) It is my feeling that you are exploiting the death of noted children’s book author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak, for the express purpose of allowing the panda kindergarten to run amok.
As a member of SCCWI (Society of Cartoon Cats of Whidbey Island) I must also take exception to the cavalier treatment of your feline characters.
Furthermore, I do NOT believe that “rumpus” is a verb. This is a blatant example of the verbification of nouns, and will not be tolerated. I am considering suspending my subscription to your publication.
I have to admit, I had thought that Maurice Sendak was gone years ago. Maybe because his books were among my favorites as a young cubbie. His quirky and dark sense of humor continues to be an inspiration to me with my own work. Imagine my surprise to find that he was still alive, at least until this past Tuesday. I have to admit, that the idea of honoring him with a wild rumpus was not my original idea. On Tuesday night there was a meeting of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) in Seattle. So, thanks for the idea. I do believe I was the first to have the panda kindergarten rumpus in his honor.