Today is definitely a sad day for fans of children's literature: beloved children's author Maurice Sendak has passed away due to complications from a stroke. His children's literature has been some of my favorite of all time, and his illustrations were entirely unique and loved by many. His most famous book: "Where the Wild Things Are", was first published in 1963, but the book has remained relevant until today. In the first few years that it was published it was considered controversial: many people felt that the book was too dark and disturbing for children and in some places it was banned. On the other hand it was widely praised by many and the book won several awards: including the Caldecott Medal in 1964. Today it is considered one of the greatest children's books of all time and in 2009 it was turned into a feature film. Maurice Sendak is considered to be an important figure in children's literature; he changed the way books were written for children and greatly influenced many other writers and illustrators. He was 83 years old.
Interesting facts about Maurice Sendak:
- Maurice Sendak strongly disliked ebooks: he stated in an interview that he hated them.
- He lost many family members during the Holocaust.
- He designed sets for operas and ballets.
- Many of his works have won awards: 'Where the Wild things Are' won the Caldecott Medal in 1964, the Lewis Carrol Shelf Award in 1964, and it was the best illustrated children's book of 1963 and 1982.
- He became an illustrator after watching Walt Disney's Fantasia.
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