Maurice Sendak, author of "Where the Wild Things Are", died on May 8th leaving behind a legacy of happy bedtimes for children - and parents - all over the world. Mr Sendak was also an illustrator for over 100 books, including many of his own. His death came about after he suffered complications from a stroke he'd recently had, according to Channel 4 News. His books have been enjoyed by generations who have listened to or read the tales in their children's beds, with "Where the Wild Things Are" being the biggest hit. In 2009, the well-loved characters were taken off the pages and brought to life on the big screen by director Spike Jonze. Mr Sendak's literary feats did not go unnoticed; his work was honoured with the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and in 1996 he received the National Medal of Arts. His books are sure to continue to enthral children for generations to come. Susan Katz, the president of HarperCollins, which published Maurice Sendak's work, paid tribute to him as a "a glorious author and illustrator, an amazingly gifted designer, a blisteringly funny raconteur, a fierce and opinionated wit, and a loyal friend to those who knew him." She concluded by saying that the author had changed the world for the better.