06/10/2013 09:26 am ET

Maurice Sendak's 85th Birthday Celebrated With A Google Doodle

When it comes to Doodles, Google has a soft spot for children's illustrators. The search giant celebrated beloved children's book author Maurice Sendak's 85th birthday with a charming Doodle on Monday.

The animated drawing is an adorable, detailed rotating animation of scenes from Sendak's books, starting with his most famous, "Where The Wild Things Are." You can watch Max and his monster friends enjoy a "wild rumpus" before the Doodle moves on to “In the Night Kitchen," where bakers trot through a sweet world of cooking supplies. The animation closes with a tribute to one of Sendak's last books, “Bumble-Ardy,” a story about a little pig who throws himself a birthday party.

Sendak's popularity came, at least in part, because he respected children's intelligence and imagination. “You cannot write for children. They're much too complicated," he said. "You can only write books that are of interest to them.”

Naturally, the team of Doodlers behind the varying takes on Google's logo are drawn to honoring fellow animators. Illustrators Winsor McCay and Edward Gorey have been doodled over the past year. The company also celebrated Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of "The Little Prince," with a Doodle in 2010.

If the Doodle isn't enough, you can see many of Sendak's drawings in person at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia.



Google Doodle Slideshow