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Where the Wild Things Are 50th Anniversary: 5 Must-See Tributes

50 Years Later, We're Still Wild About Where the Wild Things Are

Originally posted 11/21/2013 01:00PM

You might say Where the Wild Things Are has the ultimate happy ending.

Fifty years since the late Maurice Sendak told the story of a boy named Max – precocious like your little brother, misunderstood and a wild thing in his own right – the picture book still speaks to children (and, yes, adults) today.

Here's our SparkNotes version of the 1963 classic-turned-2009 Spike Jonze film: Max, notably dressed in a wolf costume, can't stay out of trouble, so his mom sends him to his room (lame!). But then his room transforms into a mysterious, magical place, where terrifying beasts live (cool?). He wins them over though and becomes their king (yay!). But he knows he must go home (aww!).

Not only did Max's charm disarm the monsters under the bed (or in his head – you decide), he also won over our hearts and made it back home by dinnertime. In honor of the anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are, here are five tributes to our favorite bedtime story ever.

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Where the Wild Things Are Author Maurice Sendak Dies at 83 | Maurice Sendak

UpdatePosted 05/08/2012 02:00PM

Maurice Sendak Dies at 83

Originally posted 05/08/2012 08:50AM

Maurice Sendak, the curmudgeonly and wildly successful children's book illustrator and author of Where the Wild Things Are, died at 3 a.m. Tuesday, a rep for the artist tells PEOPLE. He was 83.

He died at his Connecticut home from complications of a recent stroke, reports The New York Times. Sendak's friend (and onetime collaborator), playwright Tony Kushner, had been with him the past couple days, the rep tells PEOPLE.

Only last January, a frail but erudite Sendak made a memorable appearance on The Colbert Report, and said, "There's something in this country that is so opposed to understanding the complexity of children."

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