Readers mourn the loss of Maurice Sendak


Maurice Sendak, author of the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are, passed away on Tuesday, May 8 at the age of 83. The writer's longtime friend and caretaker, Lynn Caponera, said he died early Tuesday at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut after suffering a stroke on Friday, according to the Associated Press.

Where the Wild Things Are is one of the most influential children's books of all time. It has inspired a ballet, a children's opera, a musical, a play, a line of action figures, a live-screen adaptation and an adult version of the story penned by American author Dave Eggers.

Sendak is the only American winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, and Where The Wild Things Are won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1964.

On May 7, 1983, Sendak was a guest on the CBC children's program Anybody Home. He spoke about his own fears, banned books, his harshest critics and a nightmare involving a pink bunny. You can listen this interview in the audio player below.

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Readers around the world reacted to this sad news online. A round-up of those reactions, as well as some of the best material online, can be found below.

Image: Maurice Sendak,at his home in Ridgefield, Conn. on Sept. 6, 2011. (Mary Altaffer/Associated Press)