The children's book author and illustrator responsible for writing "Where the Wild Things Are" and "In the Night Kitchen," died early this morning (May. 8).
Maurice Sedak was 83-years-old when he passed away from a stroke. His caretaker and long-time friend Lynn Caponera was with Sendak at a hospital in Danbury, Conn.
"Where the Wild Things Are" earned Sendak the coveted Caldecott Medal for the best children's book of 1964. The novel was turned into a block buster movie in 2009. President Bill Clinton awarded Sendak a National Medal of the Arts in 1996 for his vast portfolio of work.
"Where the Wild Things Are," about a boy named Max who goes on a journey - sometimes a rampage - through his own imagination after he is sent to bed without supper, was quite controversial when it was published, and his quirky and borderline scary illustrations for E.T.A. Hoffmann's "Nutcracker" did not have the sugar coating featured in other versions.
Sendak didn't limit his career to a safe and successful formula of conventional children's books, though it was the pictures he did for wholesome works such as Ruth Krauss' "A Hole Is To Dig" and Else Holmelund Minarik's "Little Bear" that launched his career.