Sad news all over Twitter this morning, that Maurice Sendak (author of Where the Wild Things Are) has passed away, aged 83.

Here’s a great post saying goodbye.

Most kids owned a copy of Where the Wild Things Are – I did not. Instead, I owned a copy of a collection which had drawings from Maurice Sendak in it. His drawings (accompanying Else Holmelunk Minarik’s Little Bear Goes to the Moon) brought the story to life. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve admired Where the Wild Things Are for its ability to tackle things that kids don’t overtly understand, at the same time as telling an absolutely BRILLIANT, not-too-clean, exciting, wildly imaginative story. I’m sad that Sendak’s gone, but I know that his books will always sell, because nobody would want their children to miss out on his work.

RIP, Maurice Sendak.