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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
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Jul 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: bedtime, emotions, language-and-literacy, novelty, repetition, trouble
Read in July, 2012

It seems that Max was always into some sort of mischief. On this day he was wearing his wolf suit. His mother calls him “Wild Thing” and he told her he would eat her up. Max is sent to bed without eating anything. A forest begins to grow in his room and an ocean wave presents a private boat to him to sail away in. He sailed away day and night until he found where the wild things were. The monsters were the growly sort. They roared and gnashed their teeth and overall were scary beasts. But, with one of Max’s roars, the beasts are magically tamed and proclaim Max to be the King of All Wild Things.

Max celebrates his status proclaiming the need for a rumpus. The beasts have a good time howling at the moon, climbing on vines and carrying Max about on their backs. When it was over, Max sends the beasts away without supper.

Though Max was the King, he realized that he did miss being somewhere he loved and with someone he loved. So he gives up the Kingship, says his good byes and sails back home. He could even smell good things to eat from far away. And when he arrived to his room he found supper awaiting him that was still hot.

A learning extension might be reading this story before naptime. The children might be asked what would they take on the boat with them to the land of the Wild Things or what kind of food might they expect to have waiting for them when they arrived back from their trip.

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