Where the Wild Things Are (Caldecott Collection)
Max is sent to bed without supper and imagines sailing away to the land of Wild Things,where he is made king.
Winner, 1964 Caldecott Medal
Notable Children's Books of 1940-1970 (ALA)
1981 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Illustration
1963, 1982 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1963, 1982 (NYT)
A Reading Rainbow Selection
1964 Lewis Carroll
Hate the book.
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
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
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
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
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
Maurice Sendak beautifully illustrates this book with pastel colors and occasional pencil scratching for the wild things’...more
My mom whips around. "WHAT??!"
"Can... I... get... a... book...?"
"How much is it?"
"What is it?"
I brandish a copy of Where The Wild Things Are from behind my back.
"Don't you already have that?"
"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.
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
reread Jan 19, 2011 for the Children's Books group -
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
It was my favorite book as a child and one of the first b...more
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.
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
Well, anyway, what more is there to say ot...more
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 as a children's...more
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Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents, and decided to become an illustrator after viewing Wal...more