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Where the Wild Things Are

Sendak, Maurice (Book - 1963 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Where the Wild Things Are

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Baker & Taylor
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 fifty years old! Let the wild rumpus with Max and all the wild things continue as this classic comes to life as never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak's artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in May 2012. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, Where the Wild Things Are became an iconic book that has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. It continues to be one of the best loved books of all time the world over, by the one and only Maurice Sendak.

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When Max dons his wolf suit, his imagination carries him to a land filled with lovable monsters.

Authors: Sendak, Maurice
Statement of Responsibility: story and pictures by Maurice Sendak
Title: Where the wild things are
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, c1963
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 26 cm.
Notes: Copyright renewed 1991
French translation published under the title: Max et les maximonstres
After Max was sent to bed for misbehaving, he escapes by imagining that he sails away to a wild land full of monsters
Local Note: Published also by HarperCollins
Subject Headings: Imagination Fiction Monsters Fiction Caldecott Medal
Topical Term: Imagination
Caldecott Medal
LCCN: 63021253
ISBN: 9780060254933
Branch Call Number: J PIC S
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Aug 21, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful book about a boy who gets into trouble for acting wild. He is sent to his room. There, he imagines going to a land and living where the wild things are. He becomes their king. But then he realizes, his life there is lonely and he misses his mother. He ends back in his room where supper is waiting for him because even though he may act wild on occasion, his mother loves him. This book shows a wonderful reality, that boys may act wild sometimes, but they are still lovable.

Sep 22, 2013
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read it to your kids because it's gorgeous and they'll love it... or because, without the least hint of preachiness, it teaches something important about emotional intelligence. Max learns how to make friends with the "wild" feelings inside himself without letting them control him... and learns that, while letting himself get out of control will lead to unacceptable (to him) consequences, he's still loved.

Sep 06, 2013
  • mamalovesjames rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Read this out loud to someone you love.

Aug 27, 2013
  • nancytran rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of our favorite books. It acknowledges that deep down, kids know that those who love them are the ones who will do what's best for them.

Apr 01, 2013
  • sunshine23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a story many of us can relate to. The main character, Max, is a child who is filled with mischief/defiance ends up in conflict with his mother. He is sent to his room and deals with his angry emotions with a colourful journey through fantasy. This eventually helps him calm down and he returns to reality...the love of his mother.

Aug 20, 2011
  • jgrnlees rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I thought this book was just barely okay. Although I am old enough to have read this book as a child, I never did so, nor did I have it read to me. And reading it now turned out to be a waste of time. I don't get what all the hype is about. And I really don't get how the movie turned out the way it did when there just isn't that much content to the book.

Jul 18, 2011
  • green_thumb rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I adore this book! "Let the wild rumpus begin" : )

Mar 31, 2011
  • vwruleschick rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had this read to me and read while growing up. I love this book and finally re-read it now and remember the imagination I used to have while reading books with kewl pictures.

Jan 18, 2011
  • olivermcgee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My 4 year old likes it, although it's just a basic story. There are others I enjoy more, but I do enjoy reading it with him because I remember my mom reading it to me as a kid.

Apr 06, 2010
  • Creaulx rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Just a tad overrated. My three-year old was indifferent to this, he's probably too young to appreciate the subtleties of the illustrations. I've seen reviews of this book that were concurrent with the recent Hollywood movie version that essentally compared it to Tolstoy. Sheesh! It's a pleasant enough children's book. End of story.

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