LONDON: Google has honored Maurice Bernard Sendak, the Polish writer who passed away last year, on his 85th birthday with a stunning animated doodle, featuring some of his classic books.
Sendak, born on June 10, 1928, was an American illustrator and writer of children’s books. He became widely known for his book “Where the Wild Things Are” which was first published in 1963.
The Google homepage features Max in his monster pajamas, while clicking on the image brings up an animated journey through Sendak’s books beginning with his 1963 favourite.
In Sendak’s iconic style, bizarre creatures can be seen dancing in the nostalgic animation, which takes Google users through Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and the renowned children’s author’s 2011 book Bumble-Ardy.
The latter was Sendak’s last publication before his death on 8 May last year from complications following a stroke, and is typical of the author’s subversive style.
Kenny’s Window (1956)
Very Far Away (1957)
The Sign on Rosie’s Door (1960)
The Nutshell Library (1962)
- Alligators All Around (An Alphabet)
- Chicken Soup with Rice (A Book of Months)
- One Was Johnny (A Counting Book)
- Pierre(A Cautionary Tale)
Where the Wild Things Are (1963)
Let’s Be Enemies (written by Janice May Udry) (1965)
Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life (1967) ISBN 0-06-028479-X
In the Night Kitchen (1970)
Fantasy Sketches (1970)
Ten Little Rabbits: A Counting Book withMinothe Magician (1970)
Some Swell Pup or Are You Sure You Want a Dog? (Written by Maurice Sendak & Matthew Margolis, and illustrated by Maurice Sendak) (1976)
Seven Little Monsters (1977)
Outside Over There (1981)
Caldecott and Co: Notes on Books and Pictures (an anthology of essays on children’s literature) (1988)
We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy (1993)
Maurice Sendak’s Christmas Mystery (1995) (a box containing a book and a jigsaw puzzle)
Mommy? (Sendak’s only pop-up book) (2006)
Bumble-Ardy (2011) My Brother’s Book (2013)