Google celebrates the life and work of American illustrator and author Edward Gorey with Friday's doodle.
With a distinct style, often described as "whimsical" and "grim," Gorey's pen and ink illustrations often depicted animals, as is shown in the Google doodle. The doodle also pays homage to Gorey's most famous book, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, which depicts the deaths of 26 children, each representing a different letter of the alphabet.
Google doodles and children's writers make a perfect pair. In 2007, Google honored famous author/illustrator Roald Dahl on what would have been his 91st birthday. Google also celebrated Jim Henson's birthday in September of 2011 with an adorable interactive doodle featuring, of course, The Muppets.