Maurice Sendak, the children’s author and illustrator best known for the 1963 classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” died Tuesday in Danbury, Conn., reportedly of complications from a stroke. He was 83.The Brooklyn-born author, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland, lost many family members in the Holocaust and spent time in bed with health problems as a child. After seeing the Disney movie “Fantasia” at the age of 12, an experience that influenced his work throughout his career, he decided to become an illustrator.
Maurice, you may be gone from this world, but your passion, creativity and inspiration will continue to live on thru your books and illustrations. You'll continue to take children on adventures and cause them to create their own, under tents of blankets, flashlights and books. Crayons, paper towel tubes and paper. You'll continue to inspire creativity in young adults and even adults young at heart. Thank you for my childhood memories and creating a book I enjoyed and still enjoy sharing with my children and other children. You are timeless. You are forever.