November 06, 1995 12:00 PM

>AN ANIMATED KIDS’ADVOCATE WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE IS IN an electronic box smack in the middle of your den. Or so says Maurice Sendak, the children’s author and illustrator whose gently chilling Where the Wild Things Are has sold 3 million copies since 1963. “Television gives you a migraine and reduces you to a lump of anxiety lying on the floor,” says the 67-year-old Brooklyn native. And that’s not even counting slash-and-burn cartoons like The X-Men that mesmerize the nation’s young. “If kids watch the violence long enough, they get glazed,” says Sendak, who has never married and never had children. “We immunize them. That upsets and frightens me.” How best to fight back? Join the enemy. Beginning on Nov. 6, Nickelodeon will run an animated series (Mondays at noon) adapted from Sendak’s beloved Little Bear books, written by Else Holmelund Minarik. “What you find in Little Bear is episodes of the very usual things that happen to children,” says Sendak, “but to me, those are quintessentially the most beautiful and important things that happen to children. No huge adventures or dangers. It’s going to be damned interesting to see if that kind of quiet can compete on TV”

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