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.