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Maurice Sendak Tribute: Photos Of Children In 'Where The Wild Things Are' Costumes

Posted: 05/08/2012 3:53 pm Updated: 05/08/2012 4:02 pm

When the New York Times reported this morning that Maurice Sendak had died, fans took to social media to pay tribute to the beloved children's author. On the HuffPost Parents Facebook page, Alysa C. voiced the multigenerational impact that Sendak has had on so many parents. She wrote:

The first book I ever checked out from the library on my own was "Where the Wild Things Are". It was also the first book I read to my then 6-wk old (now 18 yr old) son. I still have most of it memorized. This is a sad day.

Together, we mourn the loss of a man who understood the intricacies of childhood, helped legions of youngsters fall in love with reading and introduced us all to the wild rumpus. So, with gratitude, let it begin. Below are photos of children letting their inner Wild Things roar, dressed up as Max and other Sendak characters. Add your own by clicking "add a slide" or email photos to parents@huffingtonpost.com.

(P.S. If this gallery prompts you to buy an early Halloween costume, our friends at Etsy have plenty.)

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  • <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/59839286/max-wolf-suit-costume-custom-made-infant?ref=sr_gallery_31&ga_search_query=where+the+wild+things+are+costume&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=all" target="_hplink">via Etsy </a>

  • <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/80980305/max-wolf-kidsinfant-suit?ref=sr_gallery_20&ga_search_query=where+the+wild+things+are&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=5&ga_search_type=all" target="_hplink">via Etsy </a>

  • <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/93486228/wild-things-max-halloween-costume-for?ref=sr_gallery_31&ga_search_query=where+the+wild+things+are&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_ref=auto1&ga_search_type=all" target="_hplink">via Etsy </a>

  • <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/60049952/where-the-wild-things-are-all-sizes?ref=sr_gallery_41&ga_search_query=where+the+wild+things+are&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=3&ga_search_type=all" target="_hplink">via Etsy </a>

  • <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/95465337/adorable-handmade-max-from-where-the?ref=sr_gallery_28&ga_search_query=where+the+wild+things+are&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=3&ga_search_type=all" target="_hplink">via Etsy </a>

  • <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/55237280/where-the-wild-things-are-little-monster?ref=sr_gallery_26&ga_search_query=where+the+wild+things+are&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=4&ga_search_type=all" target="_hplink">via Etsy </a>

  • <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/80980305/max-wolf-kidsinfant-suit?ref=sr_gallery_20&ga_search_query=where+the+wild+things+are&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_page=5&ga_search_type=all" target="_hplink">via Etsy </a>

  • <a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/59839286/max-wolf-suit-costume-custom-made-infant?ref=sr_gallery_31&ga_search_query=where+the+wild+things+are+costume&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=all" target="_hplink">via Etsy </a>

  • <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ultrakickgirl/4067095940/" target="_hplink">Flickr: ultrakickgirl</a>

  • <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kellyhogaboom/4061473937/" target="_hplink">Flickr: kellyhogaboom</a>

  • wild thing

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/lablancita"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/lablancita">lablancita</a>:<br />

  • Wild Thing at 5

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Stacey_Bloomfield"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/635316842/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Stacey_Bloomfield">Stacey Bloomfield</a>:<br />

  • My Max

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Shannon_Erin_Louvin"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Shannon_Erin_Louvin">Shannon Erin Louvin</a>:<br />My son Max in his "wolf suit". Thank goodness we made it big, because he's loved and worn it for years.

  • Zoë

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/cynicalme"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/1126588-2-tiny.png?20120222125250" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/cynicalme">cynicalme</a>:<br />

  • Max at party

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mike_Galligan"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1381704649/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mike_Galligan">Mike Galligan</a>:<br />Max is listening to Where The Wild Things Are!

  • CK is Max

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/sillytink"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/sillytink">sillytink</a>:<br />

  • Max

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/SaraBrady22"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/SaraBrady22">SaraBrady22</a>:<br />‎"I don't believe in children. I don't believe in childhood. I don't believe that there's a demarcation. 'Oh you mustn't tell them that. You mustn't tell them that.' You tell them anything you want. Just tell them if it's true. If it's true you tell them.” Maurice Sendak

  • Wild Thing

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/sugarward26"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/3229135.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/sugarward26">sugarward26</a>:<br />

  • George as Max

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