Maurice Sendak, the US author of the best-selling children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, has died aged 83.
His long-time editor, Michael di Capua, told The New York Times the author died in Danbury, Connecticut, after complications from a recent stroke.
He wrote some 17 books and was a prolific illustrator, but was best-known for his 1963 tale of Max, who became the “king of all wild things”.
It was made into a Hollywood film in 2009, directed by Spike Jonze.
There have also been several other adaptations including an animated short in 1973 and an opera in 1980.
The book, which became a children’s classic in the US and sold more than 19 million copies worldwide, told the story of a boy who goes on a journey through his own imagination after he is sent to bed without supper.
Considered controversial when it was first published, the book went on to earn Sendak a prestigious Caldecott Medal for best children’s book in 1964.
Other titles written and illustrated by the author include In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop! and The Nutshell Library.
His last picture book was published last year, titled Bumble-Ardy, about an orphaned pig who gives himself a riotous birthday party.