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'Where The Wild Things Are' author Maurice Sendak dies at 83

Author Maurice Sendak.
Author Maurice Sendak.
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Author Maurice Sendak died in Connecticut this morning, 83. Sendak was by most accounts the most important children's book artist of all-time.

Though Sendak was most known for "Where The Wild Things Are," which told the story of the mischievous little boy named Max who travels to a strange monster filled world, he wrote dozens of other books.

Before Sendak, children's books were much different — with books like "Charlotte's Web" painting a much brighter world for kids. Sendak instead built characters with darker struggles, which resonated with audiences during the '60s and '70s.


Ellen Handler Spitz, children's book editor at The New Republic magazine.