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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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livereater    

almost 1st!

807 days ago
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PatTheCat215    

One of my favorite books growing up, along with Curious George, and Rikki Tikki Tavi....RIP

807 days ago
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livereater    

how did barack read a book without a teleprompter?

807 days ago
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NobodySpecial    

Hey Republicans, FOUR MORE YEARS. Get used to it.

ps- next time try to find a candidate that even you can live with.

807 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

I grew up having "Pierre" by Maurice Sendak read to me. Rest in Peace, Mr. Maurice. And just like Pierre learned, I DO care.

807 days ago
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Officialmagicpg.com    

Check out Maurice Sendak's Interview with Steven Colbert at http://officialmagicpg.com/where-the-wild-things-are-author-maurice-sendak-dies/

807 days ago
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Debber    

He read that at the Easter Egg Roll this year too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThYcMY7wsKE

807 days ago
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levyi    

"Outside Over There" and "In The Night Kitchen" were two of my favorite books growing up, and I will pass them on to my children.

807 days ago
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KicksandGiggles    

This is not the appropriate forum for political stupidity. If you cannot be civil and respectful for a moment, please STFU for those who sincerely appreciated Mr. Sendak's wonderful works and mourn his death.

807 days ago
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parlayer    

Obozo can read?? being what he is I find that surprising.

807 days ago
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Twilight Sparkle    

Wha...What....? ;_;
May god have a reserved spot in heaven with your name in shining gold Maurice....RIP ;_;
I'm sad now...I loved where the wild things are...

807 days ago
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emilie    

I wish they hadn't brought Obama into this article. Sendak is a greater man than Obama has been so far but maybe he will reread some of Sendak's works and learn. Sendak was an amazing person who was deep, complicated. He had a conscience that went beyond himself to people he never met including those who suffered in the holocaust while he lived his entire life in the US. His stories were filled with messages about life's eternal struggle. He will not be replaced.

807 days ago
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Lokke    

who?

807 days ago
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lokke    

who?

807 days ago
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Smooch    

Thankfully his Wild Things live forever =)

807 days ago
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