Maurice Sendak: 10 tweets about the 'Wild' author and illustrator

Children's author Maurice Sendak, creator of the darkly mischievous children's classic, "Where the Wild Things Are," has died at age 83. Mourning the loss of the beloved writer and illustrator, fans of his work took to Twitter to pay tribute to one of the most important children’s book writers of the 20th century. Take a look at some of the top tweets from the worlds of literature, film and beyond that celebrate the life Maurice Sendak. 

1.Judy Blume

Author Judy Blume attends the LA Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California on April 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Katy Winn)

"Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" writer, Judy Blume, tweeted: "Maurice Sendak has died. I cannot put into words what I am feeling, what he and his work meant to me."

Henry Winkler

Actors Ron Howard and Henry Winkler, two of the original cast members of "Happy Days," reunite to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the television show in February 2005. (REUTERS/Craig Sjodin/ABC)

After retweeting a breaking news article announcing Sendak's death, Henry Winkler, the former Fonzie actor on the television series, "Happy Days," simply tweeted: "Rest in wonderful fantasies."

Jenny Slate

Sendak is photographed while doing an interview at his home in Ridgefield, Conn., in this September 2011 file photo. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)

"Today I will be thinking about Maurice Sendak and thanking him for what he created for us. "Outside, Over There," is always on my mind," tweeted the former Saturday Night Live comedian and creator of the series, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On. 

Elijah Wood

Actor Elijah Wood attends the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January 2010. (Jack Dempsey/ AP Images for Bing)

Actor Elijah Wood of "The Lord of the Rings" fame tweeted: "Maurice Sendak has left us for the land of the wild things. May he carry on adventuring."

Karen Tumulty

The cover art for the book, "Where the Wild Things Are" by Sendak. (AP Photo/HarperCollins)

Political writer for The Washington Post, Karen Tumulty, tweeted to her followers: "Thank you, Maurice Sendak, for the many times I got to read to my sons: 'Let the wild rumpus begin!'"

Adam Savage

Jamie Hyneman, left, and Adam Savage, hosts of the Discovery Channel television show "Mythbusters" stand outside the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago on March 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Museum of Science and Industry, J.B. Spector)

Adam Savage, co-host of the Discovery Channel television series, MythBusters, had this to tweet: "RIP Maurice Sendak. A literary GIANT for the kids and the kids inside all of us."

Maureen Johnson

Sendak is photographed during an interview at his home in Ridgefield, Conn., in this September 2011 file photo. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)

Green's friend and fellow YA writer Maureen Johnson tweeted: "Just joining in on the many messages that have said the sad words: RIP Maurice Sendak. You, sir, were awesome."

Chuck Schumer

US Senator Chuck Schumer D of New York walks in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral at the 251st St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York, March 17, 2012. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

New York Senator Chuck Schumer offered on his Twitter: "Maurice Sendak, Bklyn treasure & the original 'Wild Thing'-please don’t go, we’ll eat you up we love you so! Thanks for the Wild Rumpus."

Dave Eggers

Author Maurice Sendak poses with one of the characters from his book "Where the Wild Things Are," designed for the operatic adaptation of his book in St. Paul, Minn., in this September 1985 file photo. (AP Photo, file)

McSweeney's founder Dave Eggers, whose 2009 novel "The Wild Things," was inspired by Sendak's famed "Where the Wild Things Are," tweeted: "We'll be roaring our terrible roars today. RIP, Maurice Sendak."

John Green

Sendak checks proofs of art for a major advertising campaign in his Ridgefield, Conn., home in this October 1988 file photo. (AP Photo, file)

Young-adult fiction writer and No. 1 New York Times best seller, John Green, tweeted: "Maurice Sendak taught me and millions of others that it was no sin to be a child."