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Google doodle throws wild rumpus for Maurice Sendak

The "Wild Things" hero kicks off an animation that travels through landscapes of Sendak's best-known children's books, ending at a party thrown for what would have been his 85th birthday

Google Doodle honoring Maurice Sendak
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Let the wild rumpus start!

Beloved children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak gets the Google doodle treatment today on what would have been his 85th birthday.

Sendak has been a childhood touchstone for generations, rising to widespread acclaim with his 1963 book "Where the Wild Things Are" and continuing to produce work until his death in May 2012.

The doodle following a turning-wheel storyline that starts by taking boyish hero Max through the land of the Wild Things and courses through other familiar settings sprung from Sendak's imagination. The flying boy from "In the Night Kitchen" makes an appearance, a work that has the distinction of being one of the most popular books for children that's also one of the most frequently banned from libraries.

A party of Sendak's characters gather around a cake for the the author and illustrator at the conclusion.