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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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This book allows students to explore their imagination. They can see just how far it can take them. ( )
  AimeeSword | Mar 28, 2017 |
Where the Wild things are tells the tale of imagination and missing home. Max is a rebellious kid who has a huge imagination. I love the style of the book. The text and the pictures have no strict placement. There are small clues in the beginning image that tell the reader where his mind is. I also like the illustrations. They are unique to this story. The wild things are iconic images to the story. It is appropriate for the reading level. The lines are brief and easy to read. There isn’t a strong plot to the book. I wish the text had more about why he wanted to be with the wild things or about his home life. This would entice readers at higher levels. ( )
  mdaly6 | Mar 28, 2017 |
This story tells of a boy named Max who is making mischief around his house. Max is seen throughout the book wearing a wolf suit, a king's crown, and a mischievous grin. After chasing the family dog around the house with a fork, Max is sent to his room without any supper by his mother. He then begins a magical journey, in which his room transforms into a new world, with creatures named the Wild Things, where he is soon made king. Max is in control of his life in the land of the Wild Things, but soon finds himself homesick and yearning to go back home to eat his mother's supper.

This is basically a story about a child running away. In this case he is running away because he is trying to be rebellious. I ran away one time, but I just went to my grandparent house that was across the street. Max went into a world of fantasy, probably just dreaming, but I still take this as a story of a child running away.

In the classroom I would have the children draw/color their own fantasy world they can run to when they need to, but always have a way back.
  madison.young | Mar 26, 2017 |
It is a good book to read. I think this book has a lot of imagination and creativity. Max was a little boy put on his wolf suit and caused trouble. His mom called him a Wild Thing. Max then told his mother I will eat you up. She then sent him to bed without supper. While in his room, the walls begin to grow into a forest. Then a ship came for him and he sailed off. This took weeks almost a year for him to get where the Wild Things are. Max told them “be still” and tamed by staring at them. He was called the Wildest Thing of all and crowned king. They played around swing from the trees. Then Max told them to stop and sent them to bed without supper. He was alone and smelled food. They begged him not to go, but he wanted to go home. So, then he got on his boat and sailed back a year and weeks back to his room. When Max came home and his supper waiting on him. Teachers can use this book to demonstrate the diffract between fantasy and realism. Teacher can also have students create their own Wild Thing monster as a part of an art project. ( )
  Jennifer_McLeod | Mar 26, 2017 |
I liked the book, "Where the Wild Things Are" for two reasons because of the illustrations and the message. The illustrations represent the imagination of the young boy, Max. He starts in his bedroom, and then his bedroom changes into the forest where the animals he meets become a part of the story. The white frame of the story becomes smaller, and the illustrations enlarge with the run-on sentences such as, "and grew" because it adds to the suspension of him entering into the wild.
His room becomes the outdoors and the illustrations change as his imagination becomes more intense. In addition, the message of the picture book is to not judge based on appearance. The author wrote, "And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws." Acceptance is an important theme of this book because the wild things accepted Max into their tribe even though he did not look like them with his small size. Their friendship grew throughout the book, and the wild things did not want Max to leave. It is important to accept others for who they are, and not make quick judgments about the people and/or things that you encounter. Have an open-mind, and be willing to not judge too quickly because Max was afraid of the wild things at first, but then realized they were not terrible, and wanted to become friends. ( )
  KristenZdon | Mar 25, 2017 |
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"Where the Wild Things Are" is about a boy named Max who is looking for adventure and purpose in his life. One evening, he makes his way to an island where he encounters all kinds of horrifying beasts. Max does not fear the creatures and is named king of the Wild Things. Much like has happened to Max, he treats the beasts unfairly and soon realizes how the actions of others should be learned from. The central message of this book is to take things in life, good or bad, and learn from them and help to change the future. We should treat others the way that we want to be treated and treat others well.
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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.
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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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