Maurice Sendak, the world-famous children’s author whose books included “Where The Wild Things Are“, “In the Night Kitchen,” “Outside Over There,” “The Sign on Rosie’s Door,” and “Higglety Pigglety Pop!”, passed away on Tuesday from complications caused by a stroke on Friday. He was 83.
Sendak wrote and illustrated more than 50 children’s books–including “Where the Wild Things Are,” his most famous, published in 1963.
The book–about a disobedient boy named Max who, after being sent to his room without supper, creates a surreal world inhabited by wild creatures–won Sendak the coveted Caldecott Medal, the equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize, in 1964. “Where The Wild Things Are” was adapted into a live-action film by Spike Jonze in 2009.
“Where The Wild Things Are” was not only revolutionary–but it was also wildly profitable, selling more than 17 million copies, according to Bloomberg.com.
Apparently, President Barack Obama made it something of a tradition to read from “Where The Wild Things Are” at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Here he is reading from the book in 2009:
“I know every parent must be a little bit in mourning today and every child who grew up with that book,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday. “It’s a sad day.”
Many people fondly remember the animated special from 1975, Really Rosie, and we’d like to present it here:
Our condolences to his friends and family.
- RIP: Maurice Sendak (comicsbeat.com)