The man who took us “Where the Wild Things Are” has died.
Though most famously known for the story of Max and his encounter with the wild things, Sendak wrote and illustrated several other children’s books, and has a poem/picture book dedicated to his late brother due out next year.
Last April, a mural Sendak drew on a wall for children of his friends arrived in Philadelphia as part of a permanent display at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, which remains the official repository of Sendak’s work.
Born in 1928, Sendak lived through the Depression, World War II and the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby — experiences that eventually resulted in atypical children’s books about monsters, goblins and dark adventures.
Sendak died from complications of a recent stroke.