Where The Wild Things Are Paperback – Dec 26 2012
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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.
"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 illustrations are unique and the story is full of imagination! Love it! Need I say more?!
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.
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
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.Read more ›
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A fav of mine to now pass to my son! Love love love this book!Published 2 months ago by Courtney DeMone
Great book. Ordered it for my niece because it was one of my childhood favourites.Published 4 months ago by M Horsley
It's a classic for a reason(a timeless story and great illustration). Certainly a must-have for any home library.Published 6 months ago by Lindsay Porter
Another childhood favourite I purchased for my baby cousin and baby sister!Published 11 months ago by Meow Mix
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