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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are (original 1963; edition 2012)

by Maurice Sendak (Author)

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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.
Title:Where the Wild Things Are
Authors:Maurice Sendak (Author)
Info:HarperCollins (2012), Edition: 25th Anniversary ed., 48 pages
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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963)

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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 (bogreader)
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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 way shorter than excepted
  Pxan02 | May 14, 2022 |
Incredible illustrations. ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
Caldecott Award, Hans Christian Andersen Award, National Medal of Arts. Reading Level Pre-k - 3rd
  domo445 | May 5, 2022 |
In this book a young boy is sent to his room without dinner for misbehaving like a wild little thing. He goes on an adventure in his imagination to "where the wild things are" which are pretty much symbolic of his behavior, and to how his mother referred to him. He later leaves the wild things because his hunger is calling him to make amends with his mother. He misses her and the smell of food reminds him of her. He apologizes, and everything is better. A nostalgic and still very relevant and imaginative read, great for really young children to explore the book as the illustrations make their imaginations run wild. This is a classic book that is very relatable to very young kids that will make them think twice before becoming very upset at their parents. This book also serves grown-ups as a reminder that little things are big things to little children... a little issue is a big issue, and we need to consider this in order to be more empathetic towards their feelings. ( )
  fmatiella1 | Mar 4, 2022 |
Where the Wild things are is a book that tells the story of a young boy who feels wild and adventurous when wearing his wolf suit. When his mother sends him to bed he travels to where the wild things are and becomes king of the wild things. Eventually he misses home and his food and travels back home to find his dinner still hot. ( )
  mcervantes4 | Feb 24, 2022 |
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てるお, じんぐうTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
輝夫, 神宮Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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