Maurice Sendak, beloved children's author, has died

Maurice Sendak, wildly imaginative children's author/illustrator, died today.

Sendak, an award-winning author and illustrator, blew the lid off staid, squeaky clean children's books with his delightfully cranky, naughty subjects: "I don't care" Pierre (1962) and grumpy Max in Where the Wild Things Are (1963), which won the 1964 Caldecott.

He was also a lightning rod for criticism -- a naked Mickey in In the Night Kitchen (1985) had some school librarians "clean up" the content by slapping a diaper on Mickey.

In September of 2011, Sendak published Bumble-Ardy, the tale of a pig, orphaned when his parents become meals, who throws himself a rambunctious birthday party.

In February of 2013, My Brother's Book, an homage to his much-loved late brother, Jack, will be published.

Mr. Sendak, who was 83, died in Connecticut following complications from a recent stroke. To borrow from his 1993 book, We Are All in the Dumps...


Don't forget his hilarious last interview on the Colbert Report,

He will be missed...

U R so correct! The Colbert/Sendak interview was a stitch.