R.i.p. Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak, the US author of the best-selling children's book Where the Wild Things Are, has died aged 83.

He wrote some 17 books and was a prolific illustrator, but was best-known for his 1963 tale of Max, who became the "king of all wild things".

It was made into a Hollywood film in 2009, directed by Spike Jonze.


There have also been several other adaptations including an animated short in 1973 and an opera in 1980.

The book, which became a children's classic in the US and sold more than 19 million copies worldwide, told the story of a boy who goes on a journey through his own imagination after he is sent to bed without supper.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-17994402

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