RIP Maurice Sendak (1928-2012)

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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.

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