When Maurice was little, he had this picture of his dead grandfather over his bed. One day, his mother saw Maurice trying to climb into the picture. His mother thought her dad was trying to lure Maurice into the spirit world, so she tore the picture into small pieces. Years later, Maurice found the pieces and took them to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the picture was put back together, which took months. From then on, the picture hung over Maurice’s bed. One day, he told people, “I am going to go through the picture,” which he did. Although his death saddened the world, people continued to love and recognize Maurice Sendak’s books. He died on May 8, 2012, at age of 83.