News just came out that Maurice Sendak passed away. I can't imagine people don't know who he is, but he wrote Where the Wild Things Are and my favorite that doesn't get as much attention - Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue.
I grew up on a steady diet of Sendak's books and he lived not too far from some of my relatives. We always got the latest book when it would come out.
RIP Mr. Sendak.