The Art of Maurice Sendak by Selma G. Lanes is a treasure chest of illustrations and sketches by the author/illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are, which started out as Where the Wild Horses Are. This book is a must for any Sendak fan, as it contains a plethora of drawings that do not appear in any of Sendak's children's book. Also included is a detailed biography based on interviews and much research by Lanes, and indeed this book is perhaps wordier than most collections of this nature, but this also depends very much on point of view. But definitely a must-have for the richness of drawings alone.
Hardcover, 278 pages. Harry N. Abrams, 1998.