When Maurice Sendak died in 2012, there were plenty of moving tributes—both written and crafted—celebrating his legacy. But today, which would have been his 85th birthday, Google has added another wonderful tribute to the list: a Google Doodle that leads us through his most-loved stories.
The doodle begins with a 360-degree tour of Where the Wild Things Are, but also highlights his other masterpieces, like In the Night Kitchen, a book that was surrounded by controversy because its young protagonist appeared fully naked. Sendak had strong opinions about the differences—or lack thereof—between children and adults. "I don’t believe in children," he famously said. "I don’t believe there’s a demarcation of ‘you mustn’t tell them this, you mustn’t tell them that.’ You tell them anything you want."
It's been about a year since Sendak passed away, and it's nice to see his work still being celebrated on this scale. Even about death, he had a characteristically wonderful perspective on things, saying, "I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. [...] There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready." Check out the Doodle for yourself, or watch the explanatory video above.