cmdoduck, January 15, 2011 (view all comments by cmdoduck)
I am 29 years old and just read this book for the first time. Unfortunately for me I never read this as a child, but can't wait to read it to my own children. I imagine most children can relate to this book, the overactive imagination, getting into trouble and then going off into a wonderful world that you feel a part of and accepted in.
lovewriter, October 25, 2009 (view all comments by lovewriter)
I picked up this book while at Costco and read it, amazed at how many memories it brought back. Such a simple storyline but one that will have a child's imagination stirring. This story is a classic and one that every child should read. Parents, please consider reading this with your child before taking them to see the recently released movie. Movies made from books are wonderful but they don't come close to the experience that comes from reading.
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We all hold our favorite childhood books dear, but there's a reason Where the Wild Things Are is one of the most beloved picture books of all time. Of course it's about Maurice Sendak's whimsy, his spare poetry, his imagination. Of course it's about his impeccably detailed illustrations, depicting the beauty of a night of wild rumpus and the elegant fiendishness of wild things who gnash their terrible teeth and roll their terrible eyes. But mostly I think it's because underneath the boundless (yet beautifully bounded) inventiveness of Sendak's world, we see — and remember — exactly what it is to be a child.
by Gigi Little
by Harper Collins,
Max is sent to bed without supper and imagines sailing away to the land of Wild Things, where he is made king.
Winner, 1964 Caldecott Medal
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1981 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Illustration
1963, 1982 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1963, 1982 (NYT)
A Reading Rainbow Selection
1964 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
Children's Books of 1981 (Library of Congress)
1981 Children's Books (NY Public Library)
100 Books for Reading and Sharing 1988 (NY Public Library)
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