Weird stuff by Sendak! His inspirations? Two little known nursery rhymes by Mother Goose--"We Are All in the Dumps" and "Jack and Guy"--and seeing a homeless child on the streets of LA sleeping in a cardboard box. In Sendak's inspired hands, "The houses are built without walls" become a children's shantytown; the "baby [that's] bit" becomes a rail-thin child of color (looks a bit Ghandi-esque) who wants a family and home worse than anything. Leave it to Sendak to turn indecipherable nursery rhymes into a terrific commentary on homelessness and poverty. He was truly a world literary treasure!