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'Where the Wild Things Are'

Author Dies at 83

5/8/2012 6:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It's a terrible day for terrible creatures ... 'cause the man who wrote the children's classic, "Where the Wild Things Are" has died.

Maurice Sendak -- who not only wrote the book but ALSO drew the iconic "Wild Things" images -- passed away early this morning at a hospital in Connecticut after suffering a stroke on Friday.

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"Where the Wild Things Are" was first published in 1963 ... and was adapted into a major motion picture in 2009 ... the same year President Obama read the book to children at the White House Easter Egg Roll.



Maurice was 83.

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Mel    

What the hell does Obama have to do with the author?! Of all the people who read that story to kids, you really chose that @ssh*le!? You let me down TMZ!

836 days ago
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cokeandpilates    

I loved "Where The Wild Things Are" as a child and I read it to my daughter now. She also loves "Little Bear". R.I.P Maurice Sendak, you will be missed.

836 days ago
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Sabrina    

How sad. Such a great writer.

836 days ago
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Cirrus Unicus    

Well there goes the last of my childhood. I'm officially dead on the inside.

836 days ago
20.

alex    

ahhh... my son always loved that book! a loss of a man who touched most of our lives (well, if you have kids or were ever a kid)

836 days ago
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Spencer B in MD    

I know "Where The Wild Things Are" - They are living in the White House (until January, anyway)
oogah boogah!!

836 days ago
22.

John_Dunkel    

Where the wild things.... ARE.... read by Christopher Walken.

836 days ago
23.

Ben    

A great book, read tens of times, that made me think. What more could an author want. Thanks.

836 days ago
24.

levyi    

RUMPUS RUMPUS RUMPUS!

836 days ago
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Nishima    

Last conversation with Maurice Sendak!! RIP!! http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3377369

835 days ago
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Vivek    

R.I.P. Maurice Sendak you will always be remembered http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3377367 here Sendak talks about Death And Life whatever, he says in this clip is really touching really makes one look at life and death in a different way.

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