1964 Caldecott Medal Winner
1981 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Illustration
1963, 1982 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
1964 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
1981 Children's Books (NY Public Library)
100 Books for Reading and Sharing 1988 (NY Public Library)
Notable Children's Books of 1940-1970 (ALA)
Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1963, 1982 (NYT)
A Reading Rainbow Selection
Children's Books of 1981 (Library of Congress)
Synopses & Reviews
Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. A must for every child's bookshelf.
This iconic story has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. When Max dresses in his wolf suit and causes havoc in the house, his mother sends him to bed. From there, Max sets sail to an island inhabited by the Wild Things, who name him king and share a wild rumpus with him. But then from far away across the world, Max smells good things to eat...
Let the wild rumpus continue as this classic comes to life like never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak's artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art.
Mary Pols of Time magazine wrote that "what makes Sendak's book so compelling is its grounding effect: Max has a tantrum and in a flight of fancy visits his wild side, but he is pulled back by a belief in parental love to a supper 'still hot." Generations have shared this beautiful picture book, and children of all ages will want to return to it again and again.
- • New York Public Library's #4 book on the list of "Top Check Outs of All Time"
- • One of the National Education Association's "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children"
- • The top picture book in School Library Journal's survey of its readers
"Each word has been carefully chosen and the simplicity of the language is quite deceptive." School Library Journal
About the Author
In addition to Where the Wild Things Are
, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window
, Very Far Away
, The Sign on Rosie's Door
, Nutshell Library
(consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice
, Alligators All Around
, One Was Johnny
, and Pierre
), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life
, In the Night Kitchen
, Outside Over There
, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy
, and Bumble-Ardy
He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.