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Where the Wild Things Are

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  404,963 ratings  ·  6,057 reviews
One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rum...more
Paperback, 37 pages
Published 2000 by Red Fox (first published 1963)
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Nathan
Nov 03, 2007 Nathan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Delusional miscreants.
Shelves: fiction
I have no doubt that this book damaged me, psychologically, as a small child. It is one of the earliest books I vividly remember reading aloud to myself, and I remember the first time my mother read it to me before she put me to bed. Here's the gist of the plot: A little boy named Max dresses up in a wolf costume, plays with a hammer, chases his dog with a fork, then threatens to cannibalize his mother. His mother, a master of irony, then puts him to bed with no dinner. Already, this story shoul...more
fleegan
This book is crap, and let me tell you why. The kid is a jerk and is sent to his room without supper. He proceeds to go to some magical place where these monsters live and he bosses them around and is mean to them. Then he gets back home...having not learned that being a mean jerk is wrong...and there on his table in his room is dinner...and it's still warm. What's the lesson here exactly?
Hate the book.
Gundula
It is hard to review a book that was and still is one of my favorite all-time picture books. I love everything about this book, from the text to the illustrations. I also love the message Maurice Sendak promotes here, a message of unconditional love, a message that even if one misbehaves, there will be supper waiting on the table (Max does get sent to his room, but no matter how much he has misbehaved, his mother will always love him and cherish him). Of course, that particular message is only o...more
Jason Koivu
Like a gremlin crouched in the back of a dim cave, Where the Wild Things Are lay on my cousin's bedroom floor. My cousin was in kindergarden and I was being babysat by my aunt, busy in the kitchen downstairs - might as well have been miles away. The bedroom shades were drawn, the house quiet, the room empty. That book with its-its things in it called to me. I'd never seen anything like it. My books had colorful, happy animals that didn't make me feel this way....what was this feeling? Was this w...more
jzhunagev
Jul 12, 2011 jzhunagev rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kidz at ♥!
Recommended to jzhunagev by: Saw the movie
Through a Child’s Eye
(A Book Review of Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are)


I’m glad that I recently scored a vintage 1963 edition (pictures here) of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are in Booksale during one of the mini Meet Ups with my Goodreads-The Filipino Group friends. I breeze through the book in a matter of minutes while waiting for them, and right there and then something just hit me. Without a doubt, it certainly earns its place as a classic storybook of Children’s Literat...more
Brad
Of all the books I read my kids, and there are many, this is my favourite to perform.

It is so easy to turn Where the Wild Things Are into a a big, rollicking tickle fest, and I am never able to resist the urge. When those Wild Things show up with their "terrible roars" and "terrible eyes" and "terrible claws," I attack my kids with everything I've got until they are reduced to quivering masses of giggled out jelly.

And Max, the King of the Wild Things, is one of the coolest kids in any kids book...more
Meg
Jun 08, 2008 Meg rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE (yes, even you adults)
Recommended to Meg by: my mommy... who read it every night
Another 5 star! Man, I'm getting generous. You guys just keep bringing up stories that KICK TRASH! This is the greatest children's book in the history of time as far as I'm concerned. And I'll tell you something WICKED AWESOME about it that I figured out when I researched it for a play adaptation I wrote. **GET OUT THE COPY OF YOUR CHILDREN'S BOOK RIGHT NOW**... Flip through the pages, and notice that on the first page the artwork is a small rectangle... then it grows larger and larger on every...more
Kirk
Jun 19, 2012 Kirk rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Satanists and Hippies
Recommended to Kirk by: An evil librarian who used to ply us with candy bars to make us read
Where the Wild Things Are

What's the moral of this story? Some might say Sendack's work is a testament to the unbridled powers of a child's imagination. Others would posit that the true virtue of Where the Wild Things Are stems from the reversal of a timeless power dynamic in which monsters frighten children. In Sendack's carefully rendered world, monsters submit to the whims of children, which appears to suit Max well enough. I assume it works well for other children as well. If you can't convi...more
G
The classic. I would take this on a desert island. So much to explore and interpret in the words and the pictures. I'm afraid my girls don't like the book as much as I do. But sooner or later, they'll come around.

I see quite a few people complaining about Max being a little shit and not learning a lesson in "Where the Wild Things Are." Well, guess what, a lot of kids are little shits. And I believe Max did learn a few things on his journey. Sometimes it's not so good to be the king. Even with al...more
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 04, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books
Shelves: childrens, 501, borrowed
What kind of mother will send his child to bed without dinner?

Statistics say the many Filipinos go to bed with empty stomach. They just sleep so that they'll forget that they are hungry. Living in a Pacific island when I was a young boy, our family was poor too. However, my mother made sure that we ate something before going to bed. If my parents were hard up on cash because there were four of us young kids in the family and their only source of income were the coconut trees, there were times wh...more
Ronyell
“Where the Wild Things Are” is Maurice Sendak’s most popular children’s book and has won the Caldecott Medal for being the most distinguished picture book of the year. Many libraries across the country have dedicated themselves to this book because of its imaginative creatures and illustrations. This book deserves the title “best children’s book” that it gained over the years.

Maurice Sendak beautifully illustrates this book with pastel colors and occasional pencil scratching for the wild things’...more
Otis Chandler
I didn't want to add any children's books - but this one was just too cool...

Update: Saw the movie - the book was much better!
Angie
"Mom. Mom. Mo-om. Mom. MOM!"

My mom whips around. "WHAT??!"

"CanIgetabook?"

"What?"

"Can... I... get... a... book...?"

"How much is it?"

"$8.50."

"What is it?"

I brandish a copy of Where The Wild Things Are from behind my back.

"Don't you already have that?"

"Nuh-uh."

"Aren't you a little... old for a book like that?"

I pout. "But Mo-om..."

"Okay," she sighs. "Put it in the cart."

--ten minutes later--

My mom leaves the car to go put the cart back.

I look around suspiciously, making sure the coast is clear.

I le...more
Kathryn
"Where the Wild Things Are" is one of the books I remember vividly from my childhood. While I'm not sure I would call it a "favorite" (it didn't completely resonate with me as some books did, nor was it a "cozy" sort of story that I loved reading over and over), there was something utterly fascinating about it... I found the Wild Things so intriguing, I at once admired and felt ashamed of Max's behavior, I felt bad that he had to leave the Wild Things but yet happy that he went home, that his mo...more
n* Dalal
I never read this book as a child; in my immigrant family, the childhood tales were of Akbar and Birbil, not Max and the Wild Things.

With the movie coming out, and so much talk about it, I started feeling like maybe I was missing something. But I also felt trapped, because what I had already missed out on reading this book as a child. Reading the book now means I'll know what all of you are talking about, but the childhood memories of relating to Max just can't happen. I've missed something I'l...more
Cheryl in CC NV
For years I had this memorized. I still love it. I dread seeing the movie, but someday I will.

reread Jan 19, 2011 for the Children's Books group -

omg
I just re-read Wild Things after a decade off and it was just a magical as the hundred other times I read it with my kids.

I loved how the size of the illustration grew, taking over more and more of the page until the rumpus, then rapidly shrinking until time to sleep. This not only reinforces the symmetry of the story's timeline itself, with the f...more
Angela
It's hard to believe I never read this book as a child, but it's true. I'm glad to read it as an adult, when I can fully appreciate Sendak's artwork and subtle humor. This is a children's book that truly deserves every accolade and award showered upon it. It has a home in our permanent library now, for any child that comes along to enjoy.
Robin Hobb
We have read it until it fell apart. Then we bought another copy and read it some more.

"That very night, in Max's room, a forest grew."

Best line ever!
Troy
Is it wrong that this is still probably my favorite book?
Erica Hopper
Mar 25, 2009 Erica Hopper rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children
Recommended to Erica by: My mother
Maurice Sendak, in my opinion, struck oil when he created this children's story. Childhood memories can be shady or impossible to remember until you discover something that came directly from your childhood. Where the Wild Things Are has that magical power over me. Every time I hear of the book or see the familiar images I return to the age of six when I received my first (and only) copy of the book from my teacher as a Christmas present.

It was my favorite book as a child and one of the first b...more
Gretchen
"The pictures in this one scared me. Maybe when I'm older, say 6 months old, I'll like it then!!"

That was then, now that I'm older and more mature (I am 6.5 months old now!!) I was able to read this book, with mommy's help. While the picture's are still daunting, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. This one may very well become one of my favorites.
Havenisle
This is where is all started. This tore down the walls in my imagination and let me run wild with the animals!!!
Jasmine
Jan 04, 2009 Jasmine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone that's ever been a kid
Shelves: own, children
i STILL have this book!
Danny
Incredible!!!!
Johnny G
I lived in Richmond,Kentucky when I was a kid. It was a sweet, semi-rural upbringing where a six year old could walk up the street with his little poodle dog (that would be me and mine) and visit a kindly elderly couple that would only allow the dog on their couch when the dog had just been washed. Somehow the dog knew this and was always ready to take that walk up the street after it had been bathed. Weird, I know. It was also the kind of small town where people who read the New Yorker were few...more
Maureen Brunner
"The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind..." These are probably the best 13 opening words ever written in the history of picture books.

Sendak is a master of brevity, telling poignant stories in less words than most of us use to talk about the weather. His approach to children's literature is honest and non condescending. He remembers what is was like to be a child, and through his storytelling reminds the rest of us how our perception of the world was when we were young; d...more
Connie
I read this book at the New Britain Museum of American Art where they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Where the Wild Things Are. It was great being surrounded by giant copies of Sendak's wonderful illustrations on the walls. Sendak said that the "wild things" were inspired by his "snaggle-toothed" immigrant relatives that loved him. I don't know who likes Sendak's books more--the kids or their parents.
Steve
Aug 17, 2008 Steve rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Perhaps if George Bush had chosen this as his favorite book instead of 'The Hungry Caterpillar,' then maybe his tenure in office would have been slightly different (it would have also been better for him to have chosen a book that had NOT been published simultaneous with his college years, as was the case with 'Caterpillar'; at least with 'Where The Wild Things Are,' we could have all at least PRETENDED that his mother read it to him..... but I digress).

Well, anyway, what more is there to say ot...more
Stephen
3.0 stars. The story gets only two stars (becasue there isn't much there) but the art gets four or five stars as it is excellent. A fun book to "perform" with your kids.
Dolly
May 14, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading to their children
I remember this from my childhood - and I remember thinking that it was quite scary to me at the time! I finally got around to reading it to our girls in January 2012 - I figure they are old enough to handle it without being too scared. It's an interesting story, with very creative illustrations. But I still think the "Wild Things" are a little scary for little ones!

I took our girls to see the movie and it was okay, but I think we probably should've waited until they were 8 or 9. I think of this...more
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Maurice Bernard Sendak is an American writer and illustrator of children's literature who is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, published in 1963. An elementary school (from kindergarten to grade five) in North Hollywood, California is named in his honor.

Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, and decided to become an illustrator after viewing Wal...more
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