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Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 05/08/2012

Maurice Sendak remembered: Six tweets about the ‘Wild Things’ author that will make you teary

The news that Maurice Sendak, children’s author and instigator of wild rumpuses, died this morning at age 83 is hitting people hard.

Respects are being paid across the social media landscape to the man who wrote and/or illustrated such children’s literature classics as “Where the Wild Things Are,” “In the Night Kitchen,” “Chicken Soup With Rice,” “Little Bear” and “No Fighting, No Biting!”

Naturally, fans of both the famous and non-famous variety are weighing in on Twitter to share their memories. Some of the sentiments are of the basic, “RIP, Maurice Sendak” variety. But a handful have been genuinely moving.

Here are six Sendak-related tweets from the celebrity community that made me a little teary.

An eloquent one from Elijah Wood:

Jon Favreau, expressing what many have been feeling.

From Judy Blume, another author whose work is intertwined with our notions of growing up:

This retweet from Judd Apatow, which has been shared repeatedly on Twitter and Facebook by many today:

Okay, so this tweet from Emilie de Ravin is very nice, but not necessarily a weeper. Then after reading it, I imagined Claire Littleton, the character she played on “Lost,” reading “Where the Wild Things Are” to Aaron. And then I got teary again.

Lastly, I wanted to share this tweet from Washington Post fiction editor Ron Charles. Technically, Ron is not a celebrity in the global sense, although in a just world, newspaper fiction editors would be just as well known as The Situation. But what he wrote was so touching and perfect that it merits inclusion.

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