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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
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Aug 15, 2012

really liked it

Where The Wild Things Are
“Where The Wild Things Are” is a magical book full of wonderful illustrations that are sure to capture the attention of children and adults alike. Max is a young boy dressed in his wolf suit causing mayhem when his mother shouts at him calling him a “wild thing” max proceeds to shout back at his mother “I’ll eat you up” where he is then sent to bed without his supper.
Max is very angry in his room and begins to fantasise, his room turns into a beautiful world with the sea and a boat. Max sails until he reaches a jungle like land which is occupied by strange fearsome yellow eyed creatures. Max tames the fearsome creatures with a single stare and they decided that max is the wildest of them all and declare him king of the wild things. Under Maxes ruling the wild things have a great time swinging from trees until Max discovers that he feels homesick and decides he must return home, the wild things object but max insists he needs to go home. Max wakes up from his fantasy land in his bedroom to find that mum has placed his dinner.
I have read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it and found it to be quite different from other typical children’s books as it focuses on dark emotions in children such as anger. It is also a great book to get children’s imaginations going. I have also read it previously to a year 1 class who seemed captivated by the story.
“Where The Wild Things Are” is a great model for getting children to think about fantasy lands and characters and for them to then come up with their own fantasy scenery, stories and characters. I would read the story to the class first as a way to inspire creative writing and then instruct them to begin to write their own fantasy stories.
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