Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) was an American writer and illustrator of children's literature. He was best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are which inspired a number of games. At the age of 12 he decided to become an illustrator after seeing Disney's Fantasia. One of his first professional commissions was to create window displays for the toy store F.A.O. Schwarz.