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Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
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Jun 08, 08

Recommended to Meg by: my mommy... who read it every night
Recommended for: EVERYONE (yes, even you adults)
Read in January, 1986

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 page, until the forest takes up one entire side by itself... then as Max sails on the ship it begins to creep into the other half of the page... and grow... and GROW... getting wilder and wilder until the Wild Rumpus Dance (made up of six solid pages of GORGEOUS artwork, NO WORDS)... then Max decides he misses home... and the artwork shrinks... and shrinks... until the last page, which contains no artwork at all, but simply the words, "and it was still hot." Subconsciously, your mind goes on this fantastical journey into the extreme creative right brain where there are no concrete thoughts or language, just drug-trippy monsters and mayhem... then it returns just as abruptly. IS SENDAK A FRIGGIN' GENIUS OR WHAT???? Man, I love that guy.
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Sirpa Grierson What an amazing observation, Meg. And I thought I knew picture book art! Read Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang if you are not like Meg (in other words, don't have a clue. :)

Nana Sirpa

Anthony I never noticed this before while I was reading it. I've read this to my 19 month old about a dozen times now, and as I was reading your review, I saw it in my head. That is Wicked Awesome! My son loves this book BTW. He usually get's bored with books that are this long, and leaves like 5 pages before the end, but he had me read it to him 3 times in a row the first time I opened it for him. The artwork is wonderfully detailed, I think that's why he likes it so much. Just to see all the tiny details for the claws and teeth and scales and feathers. Thanks for your review. I will now look at this book in a whole different way!

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Meg Anthony -

Good on you for reading to your 19-month-old! As far as I'm concerned, the #1 rule of parenting is to love your kids, followed closely by #2 - READ TO THEM. Three cheers for good daddies!


Christopher Meades that's awesome. I'm going to go check out my daughter's copy right now.....

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