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Maurice Sendak's 85th birthday celebrated in Google Doodle

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Google has celebrated Maurice Sendak on what would have been his 85th birthday with a new animated Google Doodle.

The Where the Wild Things Are author died last May at the age of 83 after complications arising from a stroke.

Maurice Sendak Google Doodle

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> See the animated Google Doodle here

He was best known for his 1963 picture book, which was made into a feature film of the same name in 2009.

Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 10, 1928 as the youngest of three children.

While at high school he became an illustrator for All-American Comics before working as a window dresser for New York toy store FAO Schwarz.

After illustrating Marcel Ayme's The Wonderful Farm in 1951, Sendak produced nearly 50 illustrated children's books in the 1950s.

Maurice Sendak Google Doodle

© Google



> Maurice Sendak 1928-2012: Tributes and reaction

He gained worldwide acclaim with Where the Wild Things Are in 1963, winning the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the book the following year.

The success was followed by other works, including 1970's In the Night Kitchen.

Sendak's companion for over half his life, psychiatrist Eugene Glynn, passed away in 2007.

Watch the movie trailer for Where the Wild Things Are below:

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