Home Health Parents News Now Children's Author Maurice Sendak Dies at 83 Children's Author Maurice Sendak Dies at 83 By Holly Lebowitz Rossi May 08, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Children's Author Maurice Sendak Dies at 83 29646 Maurice Sendak didn't think of himself as a children's author, but as an author who told the truth about childhood. "I like interesting people and kids are really interesting people," he explained to The Associated Press last fall. "And if you didn't paint them in little blue, pink and yellow, it's even more interesting." Sendak, who died early Tuesday in Danbury, Conn., at age 83, four days after suffering a stroke, revolutionized children's books and how we think about childhood simply by leaving in what so many writers before had excluded. Dick and Jane were no match for his naughty Max. His kids misbehaved and didn't regret it, and in their dreams and nightmares fled to the most unimaginable places. Monstrous creatures were devised from his studio, but none more frightening than the grownups in his stories or the cloud of the Holocaust that darkened his every page. "From their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions — fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can," he said upon receiving the Caldecott Medal in 1964 for "Where the Wild Things Are," his signature book. "And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming wild things." Image: Maurice Sendak (left) at the premiere of the "Where the Wild Things Are" movie, via Dylan Armajani / Shutterstock.com By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Children's Author Maurice Sendak Dies at 83 Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.