Maurice Sendak, the popular children's book illustrator and writer, died today at age 83 in a
Here's a look, by the numbers, of his impact:
50-plus: Books written and/or illustrated by Sendak
17 million: Copies in print of "Where the Wild Things Are," the 37-page classic about a boy named Max and the monsters that he meets that Sendak published in 1963 to much acclaim and controversy.
3: Rank on Amazon's list of bestselling children's book classics, behind
$10.94: Price of a hardcover copy of "Where the Wild Things Are" on Amazon
$100 million: Estimated budget for the 2009 film "Where the Wild Things Are"
$32.7 million: The movie's opening weekend box-office haul in the U.S.
$77.2 million: The gross box office for the film's North American theatrical run
$500: Starting cost of adult tickets for the
5: Number of seasons of "Maurice Sendak's Little Bear," a Canadian children's television series that ran from 1995 through 2003 on
10,000-plus: Sendak objects -- including original drawings, sketches, manuscripts, proofs and more -- housed in the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. The institution is allowing visitors to view its Sendak Gallery for free today.
766: Number of students enrolled at Maurice Sendak Elementary in North Hollywood.