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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are (1963)

by Maurice Sendak

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    sweetandsyko: where the wild things are is such a good childrens picture book. I recommend the wild things for adults to read! certain copies even have furry covers like the monsters from the story!
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I LOVE everything about this book. The author sends the message of unconditional love even if you are a bit naughty. No matter how much Max has misbehaved one thing is for sure, his mother will always love him.
  foleysh | Jul 28, 2015 |
This is a very good fantasy book for children. Max, dressed like a wild animal, was sent to his room with no supper for talking back to his mother. While in there, he went to a far away place with other wild things and controlled the jungle. They had a fun time swinging from trees, stomping the yards, and celebrating him being the king. Until he realized he was lonely when they went to bed, and was starting to get hungry. So he sailed back home, to his room, where his dinner was waiting on him.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the pictures, they are different "wild things" than what you would see in any other children's book. I would recommend reading this to a classroom for the imagination to grow.

Classroom ideas would be the kids could dress up as little "wild things" during this reading, in paper masks and such. They could discuss where they would like to go "rule their world." ( )
  charli87 | Jul 15, 2015 |
Summary: Max gets in trouble and is sent to bed early. A forest appears in his room and his walls give way to the outside world. He sails to the land of the wild things, tames them with his bravery, and becomes the king. He eventually gets too hungry and returns to his room, where his mother has left his dinner.

Personal Reaction: This book reminds me of just how strong the imagination can be. I remember playing games like these with my cousins when I was little. The artwork is not very detailed or realistic but it is certainly creative!

Classroom Extensions:
1. Draw your own "wild things".
2. Make and decorate a paper crown.
3. Turn the classroom into a forest.
  hwheeler13 | Jul 8, 2015 |
Summary: This book is about a boy named Max who wears a wolf suit and makes mischief. HIs mother calls him Wild Thing because of this. He is sent to his room, and that is when Max decides to go to where the wild things are. He begins in a forest, and then goes into a private boat to sail along the ocean through night and day. Max found the wild things. He tamed them with his magic tricks and they named him king of all the wild things. After their wild rumpus, Max sends them away to bed. He feels lonely and wants to be home. He gives up being the king of the wild things and decides to go home to his room where there is a warm, tasteful supper waiting for him.

Personal Reaction: This book lets you experience how a child can use their imagination to get through situations that they encounter in real life. Max uses his adventure to reenact what he did while he was at home with his mother. When he was "king of the wild things," he treated the wild things the same way his mother had treated them by sending them to bed without supper. The pictures in this book shows what Max was imagining perfectly. All of the wild things look different from each other. Tis is a cute picture book for any child to read!

Extension Ideas:
1. In the classroom, you could have the children draw their own "wild thing," and you could have them put their pictures on the wall.
2. You could have the kids dress up like their own version of a "wild thing."
  Alicia917934 | Jul 8, 2015 |
Where the Wild Things Are is a short story detailing the 'adventure' of a little boy named Max. The story starts with the boy being called a 'wild thing' and is sent to bed without dinner and continues on to him becoming the king of the wild things. During this journey, the boy realizes how horrible being a 'wild thing' is to the people around you and goes home to be a better person.

My wild thing is my cat. She needs a journey like this.

1. As an extension, you could have children explain how it affects others when you act like a 'wild thing' and what you can do to prevent such actions.
2. Children could also brainstorm why Max's dinner is still warm after such a long journey.
  vhein | Jul 7, 2015 |
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This is a great book to encourage imagination in your students. It is a fun book.
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The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another, his mother called him wild thing. And so he said, "I'll eat you UP!" And so he was sent to bed without eating anything.
...Max said, "BE STILL!" and tamed them with the magic trick of staring into all their yellow eyes without blinking once and they were frightened and called him the most wild thing of all and made him king of all wild things.
"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"
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"Where the Wild Things Are" is about a boy named Max who is dressed in wolf suit. It is a story about Max and his imagination. After getting in trouble and sent to his room without dinner, Max falls asleep and dreams. He dreams about being the king of all the wild things, and even though the wild things are fond of him, it does not stop their desire to eat him. Max wants to go home, and when he wakes up from his imaginative dream he sees that his mother has, in fact, left him dinner. This story is a great tale to be read to children and will teach them the importance of self-acceptance and allowing their imagination to take off.

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הספר מספר את סיפורו של מקס, שערב אחד "עושה צרות ממין אחד וממין אחר" בחליפת הזאב שלו. כעונש, אימו שולחת אותו למיטתו מבלי לאכול ארוחת ערב. בחדרו, מקס מפליג בדמיון ל"ארץ יצורי הפרא", שם נתקל במפלצות גדולות ומפחידות, אולם מקס כובש אותם בעזרת מבט מפחיד אחד ובעקבות כך הוא מוכתר למלך המקום. למרות זאת, מקס מרגיש בודד ומתגעגע לביתו. הוא חוזר לחדרו, שם הוא מוצא את ארוחת הערב שלו מחכה לו "עדיין חמה.
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Sent to bed hungry?
Let the wild rumpus begin!
Master of my world.


Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060254920, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:23 -0400)

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A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

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