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Where the Wild Things Are Holiday Feature Edition

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  615,234 Ratings  ·  8,751 Reviews
Where the Wild Things Are is one of those truly rare books that can be enjoyed equally by a child and a grown-up. If you disagree, then it's been too long since you've attended a wild rumpus. Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief and gets sent to bed without supper. Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired. Sen ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 31st 1998 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1963)
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Nov 03, 2007 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 16, 2007 fleegan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uttercrap
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.
Michael Finocchiaro
I have read the story of Max about 1,000,000 times and my kids love it too. The illustrations are magical and the text is beyond wonderful. It is one of the most fun and rewarding books for a parent to read to a kid (lots of fun making dancing sounds and monster sounds!) and features joyful plot. A must!
It is often difficult to review a book that was and still is one of my favorite all-time picture books. I adore everything about Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, from the brilliant text to the expressive accompanying illustrations. And I also with all my heart appreciate the message the author 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 mis ...more
Sep 11, 2009 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, childrens
"Mom. Mom. Mo-om. Mom. MOM!"

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.

I le
Jason Koivu
Jun 24, 2010 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2012 Kirk rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 15, 2011 Apokripos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kidz at ♥!
Recommended to Apokripos 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
Jun 08, 2008 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 26, 2008 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, children
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
So not my normal choice of read. But it was a me and little one book, where I read and he listens or pretends to...hopefully we can nail down the 'pretend to listen' game with the kid. (But not with me, because I'm the favorite aunt--duh.)

Anyway, the story was...meh to me. I remember when I was younger and saw this book. I bypassed it then. Apparently, I was onto something because I totally would bypass it now, especially after reading.

I couldn't stand Max. Why would the awesome beasts/monsters
My kids weren't so keen on this beloved children's story but I loved the illustrations, although, the story was a little bit disturbing if you pay close attention to what the little boy is doing or threatening to do. Hmmm?
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 15, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books
Shelves: 501, childrens, 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
Nov 16, 2016 Omnya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
شوفت الفيلم الأول معرفتش إنه كتاب إلا بعدها
وده من مساوئ إنك تشوف الفيلم الأول انا معرفتش إنه كتاب مصور برضه إفتكرته نوفيلا صُغيرة
وفي حاجات بطبيعة الحال في الفيلم زيادة أو موجودة بطريقة تانية
بس في العموم الاتنين أحلا من بعض في بعض الأقتباسات في الفيلم كانت جميلة
والكتاب اتمنيت يكون عندي أخ صغير أو اي طفل اقرأه ليه بسبب حميميته

Aug 30, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As far as I know, "Let the wild rumpus start" is the best sentence ever written.
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!
“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’
Apr 22, 2015 Miguel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Não costumo catalogar nem inventariar os livros infantis que leio na plataforma GoodReads. Sem cerimónia, tenho receio de ser justiçado e linchado, porque o atinente género literário é objeto de discriminação e sofre de um tratamento desigual - este preconceito e esta intolerância estão a ser gradualmente erradicados, através do significativo fomento de colóquios e conversações sobre o tema visado.

Onde Vivem os Monstros não merece ser secundarizado; justamente pelo contrário, quero particula
Robin Hobb
Feb 22, 2013 Robin Hobb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 18, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Nov 02, 2009 n* Dalal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ana Carolina
Sep 15, 2015 Ana Carolina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awn this book... it subtly carries the essence of childhood.
Mar 09, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Εξαιρετική εικονογράφηση και μια ιστορία με μπόλικη φαντασία!
Franco  Santos
Buen cuento infantil que deja una linda enseñanza. Me esperaba mucho más por las críticas que recibe, pero aun así lo disfruté. Se lee en unos minutos. Si tenés un breve tiempo libre, te recomiendo este relato ilustrado.
Nov 29, 2016 Bam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best children's books of all time. You can be a 'wild thing' and have adventures but home is still the best place to be!
Mar 24, 2008 Havenisle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is where is all started. This tore down the walls in my imagination and let me run wild with the animals!!!
This book filled me with questions. To wit:

What exactly, besides terrorizing the dog, did Max do that earned him a scolding and a punishment from Mommy?

How did a jungle, an ocean and a private boat appear in his room? Seems unbearably claustrophobic.

If he sailed for such a long length of time, how did he survive on no supper? Did he shoot albatrosses or something?

And, perhaps more importantly, how did he handle the call of nature?

Did the wild things have names? How did they get there? And why wa
Sì, per fortuna finisce sempre così.
E meno male che c'è qualcuno che ce lo ricorda, aiutandosi con splendidi disegni come fa Maurice Sendak.

Se qualcuno volesse far approfondire l'argomento al proprio bambino, consiglio caldamente "La Grosse colère" di Mireille d' Allancé.

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.
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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
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