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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.

View Photo Gallery: Author of “Where the Wild Things Are” used children’s literature to address the psychological intensity of growing up.

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:

Maurice Sendak has left us for the land of the wild things. May he carry on adventuring.

— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) May 8, 2012

Jon Favreau, expressing what many have been feeling.

Our childhoods slipped a little further away today. RIP Maurice Sendak

— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) May 8, 2012

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

Maurice Sendak has died. I cannot put into words what I am feeling, what he and his work meant to me.

— Judy Blume (@judyblume) May 8, 2012

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

“@LettersOfNote: Lovely Maurice Sendak anecdote: “He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) May 8, 2012

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.

RIP Maurice Sendak. grew up (loving) all the original Little Bear books & Where The Wild Things Are.Thank you for your amazing talent

— Emilie de Ravin (@emiliederavin) May 8, 2012

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.

I know that when Maurice Sendak gets home tonight to his very own room, he’ll find his supper waiting for him and it will still be hot.

— Ron Charles (@RonCharles) May 8, 2012

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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