A legendary children’s book author, whose most famous book was made into a hit feature film in 2009, has died. Maurice Sendak, who wrote "Where the Wild Things Are" and other classics, died early today at the age of 83, reports USA Today.
Sendak had recently had a stroke and never fully recovered, the story reports. He died in a hospital in Danbury, Conn.
Sendak both wrote and illustrated his books, and also worked as an illustrator for other authors. "Where the Wild Things Are" won a prestigious Caldecott Medal for the best children’s book of 1964.
In 1996, President Bill Clinton awarded Sendak a National Medal of the Arts for his vast portfolio of work.
Sendak was born in 1928 and raised in Brooklyn. As the child of Jewish-Polish immigrant parents, he recalled hearing of the atrocities and the deaths of relatives and friends during World War II. "My childhood was about thinking about the kids over there (in Europe). My burden is living for those who didn’t," he told the AP.
Among Sendak’s many well-known books are “Higglety Pigglety Pop!, Or: There Must Be More to Life” (1967), “In the Night Kitchen” (1970), “Seven Little Monsters” (1977) and “Outside Over There” (1981).