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If you haven't already, introduce your child to Max.

  • May 24, 2006
With "Where The Wild Things Are," Sendak set a new era of Children's story books - those that appeal to adults and children alike. At the time of its first publishing, "Where The Wild Things Are" brought ground-breaking graphics to children's publishing. More importantly, his story spoke to everyone - it evoked squeals of delight from children and heart-felt memories of childhood frustrations in adults.

I owned a number of books from the 1960s list, which included, in order of preference, Dr. Suess' classic "Green Eggs and Ham," Richard Scarry's "Best Word Book Ever" and of course Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are."

Children simply can't help identifying with Sendak's hero Max, the type of kid who amuses himself by dressing in a wolf suit and chasing his hapless dog with a giant fork. Max's frazzled mother calls him a wild thing and sends him to bed without supper. "Wild thing?" As Max broods over the appellation, his imagination takes over. He soon finds himself on a boat to a strange land where he's named king of a herd of wild things all much larger, hairier, and meaner-looking than he ever pretended to be. The whole experience is fun, sure, who wouldn't like all the attention, all the swinging from trees and royal treatment? Still, the boat awaits, and eventually Max takes it back home, to where his mother (now calm) has thoughtfully kept his supper hot.

I've read some recent children's books that stand up to the classics, but Pocahontas and Lion King don't quite make the grade. If you haven't already, introduce your child to Max. It will seem like they've known each other forever. If you do not have kids, but love artwork and the beauty of human spirit, then Where The Wild Things Are has a place on your shelf.
Where The Wild Things Are *is* a classic.

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review by . April 29, 2010
   "Where the Wild Things Are" is an excellent book about the power of imagination. I love this book because Maurice Sendak's illustrations are beautiful and magical especially of the image of the monsters and Max dancing around the forest. Also, check out the ending as it is beautiful and lovable. "Where the Wild Things Are" is one of the greatest children's books ever created and everyone should grab this book and read it.
review by . July 14, 2010
I read this book nearly every day between the ages of about 5 and 9, and I don't know why I ever stopped. The creativity is remarkable, and Max is an easy protagonist to latch onto, especially when you are between the ages of 5 and 9. The Wild Things are particularly awesome during that age window, but even a quick flip through these days would generate more than a few feelings of nostalgic awe. The underlying theme, that of appreciating what you have, etc., is not unique as an end in itself, …
review by . July 22, 2010
   The book is exciting.  But the moving was too long and boring.  My friend and I went to read the book before watching the movie.  And then we almost fell asleep through the movie.  Now let me sum up the book:      Where the Wild Things Are is an excellent book. What makes it such an extraordinary book is the creative imagination of both Maurice Sendak the writer and Maurice Sendak the artist. The text and the artwork complement one another, moving …
Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
Still scary delicious after all these years - one of the great books (not just for children).
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
Wonderful, classic children's book. Growing up this was my very favorite book. Disappointed on the movie, but the book is fantastic!
review by . July 14, 2010
Few children's books remain popular for 40 years. Those that have are considered classics. In 1964, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are won the Caldecott Medal as the "Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year." It has been popular ever since. Why? The theme, conflict, and characters are all ones with which most three to six year olds can readily identify. The illustrations are a visual delight. The story is particularly appealing because Max is in conflict …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Addorable book. Would highly recommend reading this book.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
This was a groundbreaking childrens' book at the time it was published--one of the first to show a child misbehaving without preaching a lesson, and to show readers that it's okay to enjoy your imagination. The mother's meek behavior at the ending disturbs me a bit, though. (No reinforcement; he still gets his dinner.)
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
all time fav. kids book! still read it once in a while...
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
My absolute favorite as a child!!! True tip when reading this book to a child, the pages with pictures and no text were originally meant to be set to music. We like...I-ah-oh-ah stick your head in elmers glue-ah. It just seems to fit.
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A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

Where the Wild Things Are is a 1963 children's picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, originally published by Harper & Row. The book has been adapted into other media several times, including an animated short, a 1970 opera, and, in 2009, a live-action feature film adaptation and subsequent video game. According to HarperCollins, the book has sold over 19 million copies worldwide as of 2008.
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ISBN-13: 978-0735300613
Author: Maurice Sendak
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Galison Books
Date Published: May 01, 2001
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