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Where the Wild Things Are

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  536,022 Ratings  ·  7,416 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, Fiftieth Anniversary Edition, 48 pages
Published 2013 by HarperCollins (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.
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 this book, from the text to the illustrations. I also with all my heart appreciate 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 cours ...more
Jason Koivu
Jun 10, 2013 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
Oct 01, 2009 Angie rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 19, 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
Jul 12, 2011 jzhunagev rated it it was amazing  ·  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 Litera
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
Mar 22, 2009 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
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
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 04, 2013 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
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!
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
“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’
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!
n* Dalal
May 08, 2012 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
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
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.
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!!!
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.
Mar 20, 2009 Troy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is it wrong that this is still probably my favorite book?
Erica Hopper
Mar 25, 2009 Erica Hopper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 17, 2010 Stephen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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.
Johnny G
Dec 21, 2007 Johnny G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2008 Maureen Brunner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
"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
Jun 27, 2008 Gretchen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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.
Jan 04, 2009 Jasmine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone that's ever been a kid
Shelves: own, children
i STILL have this book!
Mar 26, 2009 Danny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mahshad Blue
Oct 25, 2015 Mahshad Blue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
احساس می کنم یه تیکه ی بزرگ از وجودم رو تو بچه گیم جا گذاشتم. برای همینه که کتاب های کودکان رو می خونم. برای همینه که دوست دارم به جای دانشگاه، دبستان یا راهنمایی باشم. برای همینه که وقتی دارم دارن شان می خونم اون قسمت از وجودم که یه آدم بزرگه هی غر می زنه و می گه "این چیه که داری می خونی؟ کل این داستان پر از ایراده کلا مسخره است." ولی من از تک تک کلماتش لذت می برم. و من هر روز باید شاهد درگیری بین این دو قسمت از وجودم باشم.
کتاب قشنگ بود. خیلی خیلی قشنگ. بهش پنج میدم. چون کتابی بود که تونست هر د
Aug 17, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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