Maurice Sendak’s 85th birthday and artwork celebrated in animated doodle

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Google's doodle for Maurice Sendak's 85th birthday

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Cherished children’s writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak would have been 85 today and, to celebrate, Google has turned its homepage into an animated doodle based on some of his best-known books.

Today, the logo on the Google homepage has been taken over by Max, the young protagonist from Where the Wild Things Are, doing his best wolf impression. A speech bubble above his head prompts the viewer to press play, which opens up a rotating animation of not only the world of the 1963 picture book, but also 1970’s In the Night Kitchen and 2011’s 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.

All of the characters end their journey gathered around a birthday cake at a party worthy of the man who The New York Times dubbed the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century.

Google doodle - Maurice Sendak's 85th birthday

Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com

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