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Obama reads Where The Wild Things Are

8 May 2012 Last updated at 16:37 BST

Maurice Sendak, the US author of the best-selling children's book Where the Wild Things Are, has died aged 83.

His long-time editor, Michael di Capua, told The New York Times the author died in Danbury, Connecticut, after complications from a recent stroke.

He wrote some 17 books and was a prolific illustrator, but was best-known for his 1963 tale of Max, who became the "king of all wild things".

US President Barack Obama said Where The Wild Things Are is "an all time classic" during a reading to a group of children in Washington last month.