Where the Wild Things Are is one of those truly rare books that can be enjoyed equally by a child and a grown-up. If you disagree, then it's been too long since you've attended a wild rumpus. Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief and gets sent to bed without supper. Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired. Sendak's color illustrations (perhaps his finest) are beautiful, and each turn of the page brings the discovery of a new wonder.
The wild things--with their mismatched parts and giant eyes--manage somehow to be scary-looking without ever really being scary; at times they're downright hilarious. Sendak's defiantly run-on sentences--one of his trademarks--lend the perfect touch of stream of consciousness to the tale, which floats between the land of dreams and a child's imagination.
This Sendak classic is more fun than you've ever had in a wolf suit, and it manages to reaffirm the notion that there's no place like home.
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 Notable Children's Books of 1940–1970 (ALA) 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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