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ISBN13: 9780307475466
ISBN10: 0307475468
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The Wild Things — based loosely on the storybook by Maurice Sendak and the screenplay cowritten with Spike Jonze — is about the confusions of a boy, Max, making his way in a world he can't control.

His father is gone, his mother is spending time with a younger boyfriend, his sister is becoming a teenager and no longer has interest in him. At the same time, Max finds himself capable of startling acts of wildness: he wears a wolf suit, bites his mom, and can't always control his outbursts. During a fight at home, Max flees and runs away into the woods. He finds a boat there, jumps in, and ends up on the open sea, destination unknown. He lands on the island of the Wild Things, and soon he becomes their king. But things get complicated when Max realizes that the Wild Things want as much from him as he wants from them.

Funny, dark, and alive, The Wild Things is a timeless and time-tested tale for all ages.

Review:

"Seeing how the beasts echo Max's inner turmoil is perhaps the cleverest aspect of The Wild Things....As he showed in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and What Is the What, Eggers is brilliant at portraying the exuberance and chaos of a young boy's heart and mind." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"All in all, Dave Eggers's The Wild Things is intermittently amusing but far more conventional than it should be. Eight- to 12-year-olds will like the book, but older readers — those 'children of all ages' — won't be starting a wild rumpus over it." The Washington Post

Review:

"Eggers has written a book for readers of all ages, without dumbing down his prose. But his highest achievement is in having found a fresh way to tell us a story we already know so well, about the monstrous forces of love and hate that mark every childhood — and pursue us howling into adulthood." Steve Almond, The Boston Globe

Review:

"[S]sometimes weird, sometimes dark, and full of wonder....Like the original, this is far from the cosy world kids are often fed, but it has real heart — Eggers uses simple but superbly effective prose to suggest that childhood has to be lived without cosseting for us to grow up with any semblance of a normal personality." The Independent (U.K.)

Review:

"[N]ot only a wonderful read, but a lovely product....From the cover illustrations by Rachel Sumpter to the quality paper and printing, to the informative postscript by the author/publisher, this does Sendak's original picture book proud." Montreal Gazette

Synopsis:

The Wild Things — based loosely on the storybook by Maurice Sendak and the screenplay co-written with Spike Jonze — is about the confusions of a boy, Max, making his way in a world he can't control.

Synopsis:

Max is a rambunctious eight-year-old whose world is changing around him: His father is absent, his mother is increasingly distracted, and his teenage sister has outgrown  him. Sad and angry, Max dons his wolf suit and makes terrible, ruinous mischief, flooding his sister’s room and driving his mother half-crazy. Convinced his family doesn’t want him anymore, Max flees home, finds a boat and sails away. Arriving on an island, he meets strange and giant creatures who rage and break things,  who trample and scream. These beasts do everything Max feels inside, and so, Max appoints himself their king. Here, on a magnificent adventure with these funny and complex monsters, Max can be the wildest thing of all.

 

In this visionary adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic work, Dave Eggers brings an imaginary world vividly to life, telling the story of a lonely boy navigating the emotional journey away from boyhood.

About the Author

Dave Eggers is the author of such bestselling works as A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (a Pulitzer Prize finalist), You Shall Know Our Velocity, and What Is the What. He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house, and currently teaches writing in San Francisco at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit tutoring center and writing school for children that he cofounded with his wife, the novelist Vendela Vida.

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Margaret Rowlands, September 26, 2010 (view all comments by Margaret Rowlands)
Not bad. The classic by Maurice Sendak, and your own imagination, is still the best story.
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Margaret Rowlands, September 26, 2010 (view all comments by Margaret Rowlands)
Not bad. The classic by Maurice Sendak, and your own imagination, is still the best story.
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kierstin929, May 17, 2010 (view all comments by kierstin929)
If this book is anything like the movie then I highly recommend buying it. I have previewed some of it and am currently buying this book. This is an excellent book. I have cried when I saw the movie. I have cried when I read the children's book. My 9 yr old brother is exactly like Max. When my family saw this movie we immeditly became worried that he is too alike Max. This is a book that we should all have in our book shelves. I must say, BUY NOW! Thank you for your time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307475466
Author:
Eggers, Dave
Publisher:
Vintage
Screenplay by:
Jonze, Spike
Screenplay:
Jonze, Spike
Based on a Book by:
Sendak, Maurice
Based on a Book:
Sendak, Maurice
Author:
Eggers, David
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Subject:
fiction;fantasy;childhood;monsters;mcsweeney s;children;divorce;family;novel;postmodern;literature;21st century;fairy tales;maurice sendak;frustration;retelling
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20100309
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
28 x 13 x 5 in 14.3 lb

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Product details 304 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307475466 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Seeing how the beasts echo Max's inner turmoil is perhaps the cleverest aspect of The Wild Things....As he showed in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and What Is the What, Eggers is brilliant at portraying the exuberance and chaos of a young boy's heart and mind."
"Review" by , "All in all, Dave Eggers's The Wild Things is intermittently amusing but far more conventional than it should be. Eight- to 12-year-olds will like the book, but older readers — those 'children of all ages' — won't be starting a wild rumpus over it."
"Review" by , "Eggers has written a book for readers of all ages, without dumbing down his prose. But his highest achievement is in having found a fresh way to tell us a story we already know so well, about the monstrous forces of love and hate that mark every childhood — and pursue us howling into adulthood."
"Review" by , "[S]sometimes weird, sometimes dark, and full of wonder....Like the original, this is far from the cosy world kids are often fed, but it has real heart — Eggers uses simple but superbly effective prose to suggest that childhood has to be lived without cosseting for us to grow up with any semblance of a normal personality."
"Review" by , "[N]ot only a wonderful read, but a lovely product....From the cover illustrations by Rachel Sumpter to the quality paper and printing, to the informative postscript by the author/publisher, this does Sendak's original picture book proud."
"Synopsis" by , The Wild Things — based loosely on the storybook by Maurice Sendak and the screenplay co-written with Spike Jonze — is about the confusions of a boy, Max, making his way in a world he can't control.
"Synopsis" by , Max is a rambunctious eight-year-old whose world is changing around him: His father is absent, his mother is increasingly distracted, and his teenage sister has outgrown  him. Sad and angry, Max dons his wolf suit and makes terrible, ruinous mischief, flooding his sister’s room and driving his mother half-crazy. Convinced his family doesn’t want him anymore, Max flees home, finds a boat and sails away. Arriving on an island, he meets strange and giant creatures who rage and break things,  who trample and scream. These beasts do everything Max feels inside, and so, Max appoints himself their king. Here, on a magnificent adventure with these funny and complex monsters, Max can be the wildest thing of all.

 

In this visionary adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic work, Dave Eggers brings an imaginary world vividly to life, telling the story of a lonely boy navigating the emotional journey away from boyhood.

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