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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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    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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A picture book that follows the journey of a child searching for a place where the wild things are after being banished to his room for being a wild Thing. I was surprised how eager he is to escape getting in trouble but even as he progresses on his journey the pictures do not often see him truly happy, until the end of the book when he returns home to his family. This book is recommended for beginning readers who are in primary school; it could be read aloud by a parent or be used to help a child transition to reading on their own. The story itself is simple with repetition that would appeal to young readers but the visuals are the most stunning part of the book. This book is a Caldecott Award winner. ( )
  AleashaKachel | Jan 17, 2015 |
Where The Wild Things Are is the tale of a young boy who finds himself banished to his room without dinner as punishment for his behavior. That night a magical forest grows in Max's room and he sets sail on an ocean adventure to where the Wild Things are. It takes him almost a year to get there but once he arrives, he tames the Wild Things and becomes their King. Max and the Wild Things have quite a rumpus, but he realizes that all the fun and adventure cannot replace the love and acceptance he receives at home. Max decides to return home, traveling more than a year to get back to his room, where he finds his warm supper waiting for him.

Personal Reflection: This has been one of my favorite books since childhood. I love Max's imagination. I love how he copes with his punishment and eventually comes to realize that being loved is the most important thing to him.

Extension Ideas:
1. Allow kids to design capes and crowns to wear while reading the story
2. Have a "rumpus" (aka dance party) to allow kids to expend some energy
3. Prompt kids to talk about how they feel when they get into trouble. ( )
  jn925584 | Jan 9, 2015 |
when max goes to bed, he sails off into the land of the wild things. He eventually becomes kinds and rules over the wild critters. cute story, controversial illustrations gr 2
  Nicole129672 | Dec 15, 2014 |
Summary: Story about a boy who is making mischief throughout his house. Max is k wearing a wolf suit,and a king's crown. Max is sent to his room without any supper by his mother. He then begins a 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 wanting to go back home to eat his mother's supper.
Personal reflection; One of my favorite all-time picture books. I love everything about this book, from the text to the illustrations.
Classroom use ; yes , story time ( )
  rwoody | Dec 6, 2014 |
Always a favorite and there are so many things you can do with this book! It really helps to make your imagination grow!
  Madison_DeWeerdt | Dec 4, 2014 |
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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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:24:35 -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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