It’s a sad day for children’s literature lovers and almost everyone who grew up enchanted with the 1963 tome Where the Wild Things Are.
Sendak, the illustrator and author best known for his tale about a naughty boy who is sent to his room without supper and dreams up a monster-filled adventure, died at his home near Danbury, Connecticut on Tuesday. Sendak reportedly succumb to complications arising from a recent stroke. He was 83.
The outspoken writer’s last interview came in a January 2012 appearance on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report. Sendak and host Stephen Colbert traded barbs as the side-splitting politico quizzed the author on a variety of subjects — including the state of children’s literature.
Sendak’s partner of 50 years, child psychiatrist Eugene Glynn, died in 2007.