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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 liked this book for three reasons. First, I like how the illustrations are essential to the story and how they enhance the text. For instance, as the boy in the story goes deeper into his imaginary world, the illustrations become bigger. They begin to fill up the page they are on and then extend into the neighboring page. Furthermore, there is a point in the story where there are only illustrations and no words to describe the actions of the monsters. The illustrations give weight to the story and allow for a deeper understanding.
Second, I like the writing employed by the author. The writing is formatted so that each page contains only a short amount of words. These words are not full sentences, but rather, are pieces of run-on sentences. For instance, the book’s first sentence says, “The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind - and another - his mother called him ‘WILD THING’ and max said, ‘I’LL EAT YOU UP!’ so he was sent to bed without eating anything.” In the previous quote, the “-“ displays where the page separations are. In this case, the sentence takes up three different pages. Due to this formatting, the author is able to keep the reader moving through the book by drawing the reader in. Furthermore, the book is easy to read because there is only a short amount of words per page.
Third, I like the descriptive language employed in the book, which adds interest into the story. For instance, the author writes, “…roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.” In this quote, the author employs the descriptive word, “terrible” as well as the verb, “gnashed” in order to add interest. Furthermore, the rich language allows for a deeper understanding into the meaning of the book.
Throughout the whole book, the author seeks to show the main message as how children will always have a place in their family. Though the boy in the story is sent to his room after he misbehaves, he still returns at the end of the story to find his meal still warm and waiting for him. Therefore, the author demonstrates how children will always be able to come back home. ( )
  ChristinaAlms | Oct 7, 2015 |
I really enjoyed reading this book, mainly because of the illustrations and the writing. The illustrations added a lot to the meaning of the book and were used to convey the whole message on some of the pages that had no words on them. The illustrations allow readers to be able to see what the wild things look like in Max's imagination, what mischief he was getting into at home, how his room changed, and what he looked like, which were all things that were not stated in words but only in the pictures. In addition, the illustrations add to the climax of the story when they build up as the story goes on. In the beginning, the illustrations are small and do not take up one page, and eventually grow a little bit each page until they take up both pages. The pictures get bigger as Max's imagination grows, and then get smaller as Max comes back to reality. For example, when Max is at home, the illustrations are small, and then when he is dancing with the wild things, the illustrations take up two pages. Also, the illustrations foreshadow events in the story. For example, on one of the first pages, there is an picture Max drew on the wall that ends up being one of the wild things. Also, there are vines, stuffed animals hanging from trees, and tents, all of which appear later in the story in his make-believe land. Going along with the illustrations, I also really liked the writing and the text. I liked how there weren't complete sentences on each page, and instead the sentences could run onto three to five pages. This helps to build the suspense of the story and makes readers keep reading to be able to finish the author's thought. It also goes along with the growing art and shows Max's transition into his imagination as it happens gradually, and the words match the transition. The run on sentences pull readers into Max's imagination. Another neat aspect of this book's writing is how the words counteract the illustrations as the writing is a lot more fierce than the wild things in the pictures are, as they are described as having "terrible teeth and terrible claws", but really look quite friendly. The moral of the story is to not talk back to your mother so that you do not get sent to bed without dinner. Also, the message is that children have such a creative imagination and should be able to use it when possible. ( )
  MarissaLechmann | Oct 6, 2015 |
I liked this book. I thought it was very creative. I liked this book because it had a creative storyline that readers of all ages will enjoy. For instance, the main character goes on an adventure to this imaginary island where Wild Things are which pulls in the reader. I also thought the illustrations were great. The illustrations added to the whimsical feel of the book. The big ideas from this could include, don't judge someone by his or her appearance, there is power in imagination, and there's no place like home. ( )
  lmorte1 | Oct 6, 2015 |
I really enjoyed reading this book. First, the plot seems logical at the beginning. For example, the boy, Max, argues with his mother so he doesn’t get his dinner. The story takes place at Max’s house and then ends up being in the wild. Also, even though the setting is imaginative, the author made it seem real with the word choice and illustrations. Each page contains a detailed illustration. For example, the monsters are not real but the details and colors used help make them believable. One of the themes in this story helps reflect what it’s like to be human; your parents care about you even when you are misbehaving. In the story, Max was rude to his mother so she sent him to bed without dinner. While Max was in his room he went on a journey to where the wild things are and when he returned home, there was dinner waiting for him in his room and it was still hot. I liked how the author added that the food was still hot. The author also did a great job of foreshadowing. For example, the first page of the story shows Max hanging on a vine. This shows that somewhere later in the text there will be vines. The second page shows a picture hanging on the wall of a “wild thing.” The pictures throughout the book gradually get bigger and the words become more spread out over the pages so the reader is getting pulled in, wanting to continue reading. This was really smart and a great use of space. Lastly, one of the sentences was “…they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws…” Following this was a picture of the “wild things” in detail with their scary teeth and claws. The reader can look at the picture and automatically understand the text. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. ( )
  SarahAlaoui | Oct 6, 2015 |
This book is such an awesome read for both adults and children. Children can easily identify with Max and his thoughts in this story. Max is sent to his room for his misbehavior and with the help of his imagination, a forest grows in his room as he "runs away" to where the wild things are. This is a great adventure for younger children, and not only does it show the power of imagination, but it shows the true power of love and anger between parents and their children. Max just wants his parents to understand him and to feel loved by them. The pictures in the book have captured how Max really felt, and shows how vivid his imagination was with the details on the monsters. This can be a great book to read to children or have them read when they begin to feel how Max felt in the beginning of the story. ( )
  AmellDubbaneh | Oct 6, 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.

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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