Maurice Sendak passed away today from complications of a recent stroke, at the age of 83. Sendak was one of the most acclaimed and important children’s book authors of the 20th century.
Sendak was specifically known for more than a dozen picture books that he illustrated himself, the most famous being Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963. Sendak turned the picture book genre-upside down by exploring the darker side of the human spirit.
But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go-
we’ll eat you up–we love you so!”
And Max said, “No!”
Max stepped into his private boat and waved good-bye.
— Excerpt from Where the Wild Things Are
We here at GeekMom are mourning a truly great storyteller.
Maurice, please don’t go, we love you so. However, we know for you, the Wild Rumpus has already begun.