Today would have been illustrator and children’s book author Maurice Sendak's 85th birthday. Google unveiled a doodle that celebrates the occasion. It appeared in New Zealand before it was shown in the U.S. 

The doodle starts with the familiar hero Max sailing to the land of Where the Wild Things Are. Then the doodle transforms into the scene of In the Night Kitchen. It concludes with the birthday celebration from Bumble-Ardy. Sendak died in 2012 from complications after suffering from a stroke. His final book, My Brother's Book, was published posthumously.

“It’s the only true happiness I’ve ever, ever enjoyed in my life,” Sendak said about making books in his 2009 HBO documentary Tell Them Anything You Want. “It’s sublime to just go into another room and make pictures. It’s magic time where all your weaknesses of character, and all blemishes of personality, and whatever else torments you fades away, just doesn’t matter.”

See the doodle below.

[via Independant]