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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 is a great read for sequencing. All of the events tie together and lead to the ending, while also using the expressions of emotions that the reader can feel through the pictures. ( )
  Erin_Holte | Apr 26, 2016 |
A marvelous adventure in imagination. ( )
  CathyWoolbright | Apr 20, 2016 |
Where The Wild Things Are is a classic, that for some reason, I had never read. When Max is sent to his room without supper for misbehaving, he suddenly finds himself on an adventure. He travels far away to a forest, "where the wild things are." There, Max became king of the wild things, but soon realized that he missed his mom. When he returned to his room, his dinner was waiting for him.
This book is beautifully written and illustrated. The pictures are colorful and engaging. The repetitive language is easy to follow. The story also sends an important message to readers about controlling their emotions.
When Max is first sent to his bedroom, he is clearly upset with his mother, which is why he dreams of going far away. His being king, in my opinion, represented how children always want to be in control. They do not want to be told what to do. They want to be the one telling others what to do. Slowly, Max grew. This growth is shown when he comes to the realization that he no longer wants to be king and goes home.
This demonstrates to readers that anger can sometimes get in the way and make us forget how much we are really loved. ( )
  srmorgan | Apr 19, 2016 |
Let your imagination take sail
  Rachel_Scarborough | Apr 18, 2016 |
In my opinion this is a great book for a fun read aloud. It is about a boy who travels to the land of wild things. I liked this books for three reasons. First, the language is very descriptive for the amount of words on the page. There are no more than 20 words to a page yet they have such powerful imagery. For example, “…and it grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world around him.” In just these few words you are transported into a whole new world. Another reason why I loved this book is because the writing is very engaging. The author uses repetitive language to draw and keep his readers in. For example, “The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth, and rolled their terrible eyes, and showed their terrible claws…” This line is repeated twice throughout the book, and uses “terrible” multiple times in the sentences. These key features keep the students engaged and makes the book fun. Lastly, I loved this book because it has a circular plot. The story ends the way it begins. This is different plot structure than most picture books, so it keeps the audience engaged. This type of plot may also help the students who are struggling to understand sequence because it has a direct flow of events that lead to the end. ( )
  jhunt6 | Apr 17, 2016 |
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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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