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‘Wild Things’ Author Sendak, 83, Dies

Maurice Sendak, the children’s book author and illustrator who saw the sometimes-dark side of childhood in books like “Where the Wild Things Are” and “In the Night Kitchen,” died early today. He was 83 and lived in Ridgefield, Conn. Longtime friend and live-in caretaker Lynn Caponera said she was with Sendak when he died at about 2:45 a.m. at Danbury Hospital. She said Sendak suffered a stroke Friday night and never regained consciousness. “Where the Wild Things Are” earned Sendak a prestigious Caldecott Medal for the best children’s book of 1964 and became a hit movie in 2009. President Bill Clinton awarded Sendak a National Medal of the Arts in 1996 for his vast portfolio of work/Samantha Critchell, AP. More here. (AP photo of “Where the Wild Things Are” illustration)

Question: Have you read “Where the Wild Things Are”?

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak, children’s book author and illustrator, died early today. He was 83.  

His work entertained and delighted children. He once said his illustrations for “Where the Wild Things Are” were taken from his relatives – the less attractive and rather unpleasant ones.  

“Sendak also created costumes for ballets and staged operas, including the Czech opera ‘Brundibar,’ which he also put on paper with collaborator Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner in 2003.”

Sendak designed the amazing Pacific Northwest Ballet's “Nutcracker” production which later became a television movie and he produced various animated TV series based on his illustrations.

His quirky illustrations and view of childhood resonated with children everywhere. He leaves a treasured literary legacy for generations to enjoy.

(S-R archives photo: Max Records stars in “Where the Wild Things Are.” Warner Bros.)