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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Programs and Genres; 1 edition (Nov. 9 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064431789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064431781
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 22.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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"Each word has been carefully chosen and the simplicity of the language is quite deceptive." -- -- SLJ.

"The clearer reproductions of the original art are vibrant and luminous [in this edition]." -- -- H.

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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!" Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Brown on July 24 2006
Format: Paperback
I remember this book as the first that truly transported me into its pages. It is poetically written, easy for a child to follow, and sparks the imagination. I was near tears with excitement when I was able to read it to my children for the first time. I was seven again as I watched their eyes light up for a timeless story of a boy's unstoppable imagination, a "wild rumpus" with deferential monsters, and an undercurrent of a mother's love for her little wild thing. Well-illustrated, the pictures are fun, frightening, and fantastic. A must-read for your little wild things!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tara K. George on Feb. 25 2006
Format: Paperback
My daughter has books spilling off her book shelf because she has so many. This is the one she chooses every night for our story time. She is just turning 3 and we have a lot of fun reading it together. I always leave the last word in every sentence for her to say because she knows the story by heart now. I fondly remember this book as a child and it's nice to see my daughter loving it as much as I did.
The illustrations are unique and the story is full of imagination! Love it! Need I say more?!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Betty L. Dravis on July 7 2006
Format: Paperback
I somehow missed this book when my children were little, but I've seen it recommended so often on Amazon.com that I finally decided to buy it ... 43 years after it was written!

I notice it's still among the best-sellers of children's books, so that gives me another clue of how great it is. Now, that's staying power!

To make a long story short, I finally had the joy of reading it and have passed it on to my grandchildren. It's a wonderful, imaginative story. I enjoyed Sendak's style; his streams of consciousness made for smooth reading. And I can tell my grandkids are enjoying it, too. Johnny's reading it now, and he has the broadest smile on his face! (Grandmother's note: His smile lights up the room, warming my heart and making me extra glad I finally broke down and purchased this book.)

Senak is a masterful writer who knows the child's mind and heart. The illustrations are magical.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Kipling on May 19 2006
Format: Paperback
My son is 2 and just loves this book. He recites portions of it over and over again. It really captures his imagination and will initate hours of talk about "monsters". An absolute hit in our house!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Ryall on March 12 2004
Format: Hardcover
There are quite a few reviews listed that claim that this book glorifies being a snot-nosed brat. While yes, Max is every parent's nightmare at the beginning, and yes, he gets whisked off to this fantasy land with monsters, being bad is not glorified at all. Once he's "Where the Wild Things are," he uses the tried-and-true parent move of having a stearn staring contest (my mom did this w/ me, so that's why I assume it's a common parent move) w/ the other "wilds" to prove that he's boss. Then, as King (parent?), he has to control the wilds, which proves to be too much for Max to handle. Instead of sticking with them, the wilds that "love" him, Max leaves so he can go back to the "someone that loves him very much." The point: After being put in the role of leader and "parent," he realizes that even though he's been a total Crap to his mom, she has always been there for him and has never left him, unlike how he left the wilds. Also, he had to deal first hand with beings that acted the same way he acted towards his mother. Instead of being able to just leave Max, she has to stay with him (well...she's his mom...she should stay w/ him), and he realizes in the end that he's acted unfairly to his mom and decides to clean up his act. At least that's what I saw in the story the first time I read it when I was 5, and that's what I continue to see today, 15 years later.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David on Dec 14 2006
Format: Paperback
If you are a good parent you must get a copy of "Where The Wild Things Are". This is a story of a very bad boy's day of imaginative roll playing and final acceptance of his place in the real world. I love reading it to my children and watching as their little faces lit up in recognition of adventures they had endured during their own periods of bad behavior... Check it out and get it for your little "darlings".

Another MUST HAVE for your children is the series Cats are Rascals, by Nowiki. Very captivating and touching stories showing the world with cats eyes
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By Omnes TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 6 2015
Format: Paperback
Originally this book started its career on a bad note. Bad reviews, even bans, it's ironic that "Where the Wild Things Are" is now considered a classic. And for that, we can thank all the children and parents who borrowed/purchased the book even though certain officials, like the Psychologist Bruno Bettenheilm in some "Desperate Housewife magazine", feared the story would instill dangerous behaviors in its readers or traumatize them.

To me, what makes the story so excellent it is that, like "South Park", Sendak does not present children as pure and innocent lambs, which some Politically correct artists try to promote in their books/movies/tv series/cartoons/video games. Instead, he presents the reality that children can be wild devils. Expressing their personality and imagination through games and a wild imagination. And to me, Max's story is an opportunity to see how some of these imaginative children can get caught up so much in their games that what they do may hurt and affect others. So when they decide to disconnect themselves from others who grounded them for their behavior, it's only after they've let themselves engulf into their imaginations that they realize that the persons they've evaded are the ones with the most real and sincere love, one that is not imaginary or self-satisfying.

Of course any back story regarding Max is open for readers' imagination, which leaves opportunities for tthem to think about Max's parents, his family and the origins of his behavior. But that kind of openness is wonderful as it forces children and adults to think about the story and to share their interpretations with others who have read the story.
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