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Where the Wild Things Are (1963)

by Maurice Sendak

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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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    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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    A Werewolf Named Oliver James by Nicholas John Frith (VaterOlsen)
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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 was a book I read when it came out and it always stuck with me. I liked that he was sent to a world of monsters because growing up I was interested in that kind of stuff. This would be a good book to read to the class for 3rd grade and under. ( )
  Kym23 | Apr 30, 2021 |
I read this book at an unofficial story time at Barnes and Noble today, to my daughter and six My Little Ponies that she set up to flatter me with a larger audience. My daughter is well aquatinted with little boys' penchant for being wild and obstreperous, so Max's behavior and punishment did not come as a shock. What did capture her attention, however, was the transformation of Max's bedroom into a forest, an ocean, and an island inhabited by wild things--she said, "My room doesn't do that." (According to my daughter, these wild things freaked Pink Pie out!) What caught my attention was the clever bridging of Max's imaginative world and reality, with the smell of his hitherto forbidden dinner as an isthmus between worlds. In the end, my daughter pronounced the book to be "more for boys" and Rainbow Dash called it "Fashionable!" ( )
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
It’s an interesting book, it taps into the students imagination. Max, the protagonist is the King of the wild things and the reader starts to realize there are similarities on what he says to the wild things and what his mother says to him when he comes back from his imagination. I think that this is a fun book to read. ( )
  andreawilliams12 | Apr 28, 2021 |
I watched the movie in my teens.
Somehow, the overall vibe of this book is similar to Alice in Wonderland or Spirited Away.
I love the cute ending here. ( )
  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
This book has always been a favorite of mine and I love it every time I read it! I love reading it to my nieces and nephews and can't wait to spread it to my classroom. ( )
  srb073 | Feb 1, 2021 |
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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 Max said “I’LL EAT YOU UP!” so he was sent to bed without eating anything.
... and an ocean tumbled by with a private boat for Max and he sailed off through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are.
And when he came to the place where the wild things are they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws ...
... till 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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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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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.


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