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Maurice Sendak, one of the world's best known children's authors, died on Tuesday, May 7, 2012, at age 83.

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Sendak's most famous book was "Where the Wild Things Are" (1963), about a boy sent to bed without supper who goes on a wild rampage in his imagination.

The Globe and Mail

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Another of Sendak's most popular books was "In the Night Kitchen" (1970)

Maurice Sendak Collection/Rosenbach Museum and Library

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In 2009, "Where the Wild Things Are" was turned into a hit movie directed by Spike Jonze.

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Director Spike Jones (centre) discusses a scene from the movie "Where the Wild Things Are" with Sendak.

Lance Bangs

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A Maurice Sendak illustration from "Brundibar," a book written by playwright Tony Kushner based on children's opera from Czechoslovakia. It was published in 2003.

Maurice Sendak Collection/Rosenbach Museum and Library

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A scene from a staging of "Brundibar" at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Kevin Berne

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An illustration of Dame Grunt and Her Piglet, by Maurice Sendak

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