Sendak's books were renowned for their beautiful illustrations, with each page a work of art in itself. Sendak also created In the Night Kitchen, 1970, which along with Where the Wild Things Are still capture the imaginations of children and adults alike.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: MOISHE AND BERNARD Pen-and-ink line and watercolor on paper Signed Maurice Sendak and dated May, '70 Executed in May 1970 WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: MOISHE AND BERNARD
Pen-and-ink line and watercolor on paper
Signed Maurice Sendak and dated May, '70
Executed in May 1970
All images via Sotheby's

To celebrate the world Sendak created, Sotheby's, New York, will sell an exhibition of Sendak's works from December 16-18, perfect timing to capture the magic of the holiday season and Sendak's work.

The children's books are still loved today for their playful and wild nature, beautiful other-wordly forests and larger-than-life characters.

The 2009 movie version of the book captured the glorious land and characters Sendak created.

''There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen."

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