The literary world lost one of its best and brightest today with the death of "Where the Wild Things Are" author Maurice Sendak. He was 83.
The writer/illustrator's seminal work—which follows mischievous, wolf-suit-wearing youngster Max as he sets sail for adventure—was adapted into a feature film by Spike Jonze in 2009. His other well-known picture books include 1970's "In The Night Kitchen" and 1981's "Outside Over There." Sendak's dark and daring tales will no doubt live on in the hearts of children (and adults) for generations to come, but his influence on fellow authors certainly can't be ignored, as many took to Twitter today to pay their respects.
"Maurice Sendak has died. I cannot put into words what I am feeling, what he and his work meant to me," wrote Judy Blume.
"The Fault in Our Stars" author John Green echoed those sentiments: "Maurice Sendak taught me and millions of others that it was no sin to be a child."
And in keeping with Sendak's flair for revelry, Maureen Johnson, writer of "The Name of the Star," declared, "I'm going to put a laundry basket on my head and have a RUMPUS now. This morning has been full of nogoodnik news. RUMPUS!"
If you haven't yet, we suggest remembering the author by watching his two-part interview with Stephen Colbert from earlier this year. It's truly fantastic.
Did you read Maurice Sendak's books growing up? Which was your favorite? Sound off in the comments and on Twitter!