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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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    There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer (Sandydog1)
    Sandydog1: Both deal with fantasy and imagination and both are from the genius of Sendack
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    Miranda's umbrella by Val Biro (bookel)
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    Dear Mili by Wilhelm Grimm (Hibou8)
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    The Wild Things by Dave Eggers (sweetandsyko)
    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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    Where the Mild Things Are: A Very Meek Parody by Maurice Send-up (bookel)
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    Goodnight Opus by Berkeley Breathed (wosret)

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I love this book because it is one of the classics in children's literature. Although Max misbehaves, the message is one of a parent and child relationship, focusing on parental love. It is a combination of a work of writing and art that will keep kids interested in following the reading. Colorful language adds to the illustrations to make it a great experience. One of my favorite element is the series of illustrations without words in which, after Max begins the "wild rumpus," he and his new friends dance and play through six pages of some of the most enchanting pictures. The overall message of parental love creates a great moral to the end of the story. There's an obvious reason why this won the Caldecott Medal. Sendak's giant monster characters are epic. While they are portrayed as scary in the book, the illustrations also give off a sense of joy to the readers. It is an enjoyable read for both parents and children, no matter how many times you go through it. ( )
  mcicch2 | Nov 29, 2015 |
"Where the Wild Things Are" is a book that has lived on through the decades and has inspired a movie in the process. Almost everyone has heard or has read this book at some point in their lives and can agree with the overall concept of the importance of a child's imagination. Due to Max's unruly behavior he gets sent to his room without dinner. In his room he imagines a place where there are nothing but wild things, which his mother had called him. There he becomes king of the wild things and encourages unruly behavior of his subjects. Eventually he understands that they are out of control and sends them to bed with no dinner (like his mother did to him). He realizes that his imagination, although great, is a lonely place and decides to leave it to come out of the imaginative island and to food waiting for him. Sometimes a child's imagination is so powerful it can influence them into teaching themselves.
  Rachel_Feldberg | Nov 28, 2015 |
This book is great to teach children to use their imagination and show them the possibilities of thinking outside the box! ( )
  elizabethsalinas | Nov 21, 2015 |
A young boy named Max has an active imagination, and he will throw fits if others don't go along with what he wants. Max throws as tantrum as a result of his Mother paying more attention to her boyfriend than to him - runs away from home. Wearing his wolf costume at the time, Max not only runs away physically, but runs toward a world in his imagination. ( )
  NatalieMarshall | Nov 18, 2015 |
Where The Wild Things Are is a classic book that children of all ages will enjoy. The illustrations allow Max's adventure to come to life. This book encourages imagination and is great for story time. ( )
  DaniDeb12 | Nov 17, 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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This book uses the same ISBN as a Disney Counting book.
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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.

AR 3.4, Pts 0.5
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.
Haiku summary
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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