Mr. Sendak is just beginning a lecture tour, but he is already spending much of his time answering questions about the book's hidden meanings, about whether he modeled a picture of the moon returning the baby to Jack and Guy after the Pieta, for instance, or whether Jack and Guy are supposed to represent a gay couple who adopt a child, a la "Heather Has Two Mommies." 'A Very Literal Illustrator'
"No, no, no, but some of those are very good meanings," Mr. Sendak said. "I like these overtones, but I can't be either praised or blamed for having consciously put them in. I'm a very literal illustrator, and people give me far more credit than I deserve. What I meant was a continuation of my oldest theme: the tenaciousness of children to survive. They will go live with a porcupine and a kangaroo if they're provided for. They don't stop and say, 'Oh, this is a same-sex marriage.'"
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