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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are (original 1963; edition 1988)

by Maurice Sendak

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Title:Where the Wild Things Are
Authors:Maurice Sendak
Info:Harper Collins (1988), Edition: 25th anniversary, Hardcover, 48 pages
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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963)

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    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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A young child by the name of max is grounded in his room. when he decides no more so he sales away to the land where the wild things are. They love him and make him their king. When he becomes tired and is ready to go home the wild things become mad. he manages to escap and find that his mom has dinner waiting for him in his room. this is a fun book that can be use by studnets of all ages due to its fun nature and the ease of reading the book. ( )
  dlabos1 | Oct 17, 2018 |
I really love the book Where the Wild Things Are because of its illustrations as well as the character of Max, especially for young children. The illustrations in the book enhance the story in more than one way. I really like that in the beginning of the story, when Max is at home, the illustrations are to the right of the text. They begin small, not even taking up most of the page. During this part, the story takes place in the real world, and Max has not begun to use his imagination yet. Then, as Max’s imagination grows more inventive and creative, so do the illustrations. They begin to take up the whole page and then finally both the right and left pages. The forest builds around Max’s room, actually growing up around the page. The sea expands across the fold, demonstrating Max’s expansive journey through his imagination. For three pages in the middle, the pictures take up both sides of the fold and there isn’t any text. This makes Max’s imaginary world seem more real to the reader. His creation is so detailed and the illustrations show him playing with all of the other wild things. Then again when Max makes the journey back to his bedroom, the illustrations shrink back across the page and end again as only one page. I also like the writing of the character Max. It is both relatable and relevant for young children. Many would relate to the character of Max who is a child angry at his parents for dismissing him and not giving him attention. Max, faced with a night alone in his room, begins to develop an imaginative story in which he plays the protagonist among a group of real “wild things” as his mother called him. Many children would relate to this story, wishfully thinking of a way to escape their parents and live a fantastic adventure, being the king or queen of their own fairytale. However, this story teaches children, that in the end home is always waiting for you and you can’t live in fairytales forever. The big message of this story is forgiveness. Even though Max misbehaved and acted out in front of his mom, he decided in the end it is best if he returns home from his imaginary world. He decides to leave the other wild things to be with his mom again and when he returns home his mother has forgiven him and left him his dinner. ( )
  MorganBecker | Oct 17, 2018 |
Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, is an EXCITING story that helps the reader learn to be imaginative and creative. The story takes the reader on an adventure to a jungle and finally back home to his warm and cozy room. The story is fun, engaging and descriptive with illustrations that keep you interested. The story teaches a lesson on behavior and the importance of behaving kindly. It's a wonderful book to have at home or in the classroom. ( )
  apendr1 | Oct 10, 2018 |
I enjoy this book because the writing is engaging and descriptive. The author writes very few words on some pages, like "and another" to keep the reader engaged and want to keep reading. When the author describes the "wild things", he puts an image in the readers head as if there were not illustrations. I also think that the illustrations are engaging and fit the style of the story. As Max's imagination grows bigger, the illustrations on each page get bigger, until they are covering a double spread. Then again, as the imagination is going away, the illustrations shrink back to one square in the middle of one page. ( )
  SarahLansinger | Oct 9, 2018 |
I had mixed feelings about this book after reading it. I liked the book because of the illustrations. I felt that the pictures really depicted the story well. For example, in the book, it talks about the wild monster’s terrible teeth and scary claws. The illustrations depicted the wild monsters with crazy teeth and big claws. The drawings really matched the writing perfectly. One reason I did not like the book is because of how the ending was written. For example, at the end of the story, the main character travels all the way home and the story is built up and then all of the sudden on last page, he comes home to dinner in his room. I did not like how the book suddenly ends.

After reading the story, it is clear that it is traditional literature. The plot is simple and direct. In the story there is a clear rising action, a climax and ending. The main character has to go to his bed without dinner. Than he travels to “Where the Wild Things Are”. The story ends with him coming home to supper in his room. This book is written to sound like it is being told to you, not read. For example, when reading, it was as if someone else was telling the story. The overall idea or message from this book is that there are lots of ways to explore. You do not necessarily have to leave your house to have an exploration. ( )
  LaurieIrons | Oct 9, 2018 |
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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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Plot Summary: Max, a bit of a troublemaker, is sent to bed by his mother without any dinner. Dressed in his wolf suite, Max falls asleep in his room where it then transforms into a forest where "wild things" live. This is where Max's adventure begins.

Extensions: positive/negative reinforcement, universal social problems, creativity
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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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