The prize-winning author and illustrator of more than 100 books is perhaps best known for his classic tale about the adventures of a young boy named Max.

This article titled “Maurice Sendak, father of the Wild Things, dies at 83” was written by Michelle Pauli, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 8th May 2012 13.36 UTC

Maurice Sendak, American born author of Where the Wild Things Are, has died at the age of 83. Over a career that began in the late 1940s he illustrated more than 100 books and wrote more than 20, but it was Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963, that made his name internationally, selling over 17m copies.

The book is the tale of a young boy, Max, who sets off on an adventure in his imagination after being sent to his room with no supper. He discovers the Land of the Wild Things where he proves to be the most fearsome of them all, becoming the king of the wild things and enjoying a wild rumpus until, homesick, he returns to his bedroom. The book was made into a live action film in 2009, directed by Spike Jonze from a screenplay by Dave Eggers.

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