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Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Picture Book - 1991
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ArapahoeChristine Jun 13, 2020

I absolutely love reading this book out loud! Everyone has been sent to their rooms for being naughty and everyone has used their imagination to take them away!

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bell5133
Feb 28, 2020

Teaches kids that they can misbehave, the parent can punish them with no dinner, but not to worry—the kid will still get fed in the end. Moral of the story: misbehave without fear.

IndyPL_SteveB Oct 08, 2019

A watershed book in the history of children's literature and still popular with children after more than 50 years. Obviously not everyone loves this, but I do. Max gets mad at his mother and wonders off (in his imagination, perhaps) to be an angry "wild thing." and then he returns to his room and supper. Simple in some ways, but psychologically complex, as Max and the readers can see that you can get angry and still have your mother love you. If you don't see the complexity, try reading it aloud -- with feeling.

The pictures are terrific and set a new standard in 1963. The success of this book showed publishers that there was a taste for a much wider variety of picture books than had previously been considered. This book, plus the juvenile novel, *A Wrinkle in Time,* published the year before in 1962, opened up the juvenile publishing industry to new ideas.

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briannata
Jun 09, 2018

Its pretty good, except that Max doesn't get supper

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Newmommy09
Nov 03, 2017

I don't get the hype! My son was so bored with the book, the pictures. As a whole, a bland story, and I didn't like that he had to go to bed without supper.

parkslope53 Jan 28, 2017

Review: A very good book. I especially recommend it to younger children not only because it is a children's book but, because Max's angry feelings toward his mother is something all young children go through. The pictures are also very well drawn and the monsters are very convincing.

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metz2634
Dec 01, 2016

I'm not a big fan. The beatnik writing style is cool, but not my favorite to read.

vpl_childrens Aug 02, 2016

When Max is sent to his room without supper, he visits the land of Wild Things only to learn that being wild may not be what he wanted after all.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 30, 2016

Where the Wild Things Are is a classic piece of children's literature, bringing in elements of reality and fantasy. Where the Wild Things Are is started on a young child named Max that has a vivid imagination. He dresses up as a wolf and chases his dog with a fork around the house and threatens his mother until he is put to bed by his mother and given no dinner. At this point, this is a must-read story which all parents should share with their kids, as it's great for a bedtime read and the meaning behind it will one day mean something to them. At the end of the day, it's a story which you can take something important from no matter your age. Max's imagination runs wild as he meets the wild things and then some wild adventures begin! This book is really good for children as it will teach them how to be adventurous and behave at the same time. It's definitely a great recommendation for young children. Rating: 4 out of 5. @PocketFullofBooks22 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Now, this is a classic book that kept me entertained as a young child during bed time on many nights. The story while a child's bedtime story is something that people of all ages can learn from, simply because of the powerful meaning behind it all and the fact that at the end of the day. Your family is the most important thing in the world. It took me a long time to understand that about this story, but that's what I’ve taken from it, and to everyone there own. However, this is a must read story which all parents should share with their kids, as it's great for a bedtime read and the meaning behind it will one day mean something to them. At the end of the day it's a story which you can take something important from no matter your age.
- @Kuhaica of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Where the Wild Things Are is a masterpiece of children's literature, bringing in elements of reality and fantasy. Where the Wild Things Are is based on a young child named Max that has a vivid imagination. He dresses up as a wolf and chases his dog with a fork around the house and threatens his mother, until he is put to bed by his mother and given no dinner. At this point Max's imagination runs wild as he meets the wild things and then some wild adventures unfold! This book is wonderful for children as it will teach then how to be adventurous and behave at the same time. It's definitely a great recommendation for young children.
- @TheCollector of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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csrestall
Jun 29, 2016

I read this book as an adult because I did not read it as a child. I do not get the hype surrounding it, where many people consider it one of the best picture books of all time. I enjoyed the illustrations, I just thought that there would be more too it. I am sure I would have enjoyed it much more as a child.

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cmwiersma
May 26, 2016

I don't get the hype. Bad grammar. The end.

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mogie
Dec 22, 2015

I remember having this book read to the class in grade 2 and not enjoying it. I was actually surprised when they made a movie based on it. Then, I re-read it as an adult. I realized then that even at 7 I had no patience for flights of fancy. The book was too unrealistic for me at that age, I must have been a staunch realist. How did he sail for so long yet his dinner was still warm?! Also, as a kid I l remember thinking that there were altogether too many pictures and not enough words to this story. For the record, I still did not particularly enjoy the story but have come to appreciate the illustrations. I've also taken more of a fancy to fantasy and have been known on occasion to enjoy them.

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PVG3827
Sep 25, 2015

I like going back to things, that I loved when I was Y ounger, and, although I'm old enough to have children, and, grandchildrenL(GASP!) I still like ret urning to the old hoods of My Youth! Where the Wild Tings are, brought Me back to MY Y outh, and, I feel it could just have th4e same effect on You, unless You're an unrepentant old Sinner, like Scrooge(another Favorite of Mine!)!

mvkramer Oct 01, 2014

Everyone can relate to the story of a naughty boy who sails away in his imagination to the land of the Wild Things. Beautiful and expressive illustrations grace this book, of course, this is Maurice Sendak after all! If you haven't read this book already, you should!

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mmcbeth29
Aug 21, 2014

This is a wonderful book about a boy who gets into trouble for acting wild. He is sent to his room. There, he imagines going to a land and living where the wild things are. He becomes their king. But then he realizes, his life there is lonely and he misses his mother. He ends back in his room where supper is waiting for him because even though he may act wild on occasion, his mother loves him. This book shows a wonderful reality, that boys may act wild sometimes, but they are still lovable.

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waltzingechidna
Sep 22, 2013

Read it to your kids because it's gorgeous and they'll love it... or because, without the least hint of preachiness, it teaches something important about emotional intelligence. Max learns how to make friends with the "wild" feelings inside himself without letting them control him... and learns that, while letting himself get out of control will lead to unacceptable (to him) consequences, he's still loved.

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123mockingbirdlane
Sep 06, 2013

Read this out loud to someone you love.

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sunshine23
Apr 01, 2013

This is a story many of us can relate to. The main character, Max, is a child who is filled with mischief/defiance ends up in conflict with his mother. He is sent to his room and deals with his angry emotions with a colourful journey through fantasy. This eventually helps him calm down and he returns to reality...the love of his mother.

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nancytran
Dec 27, 2012

One of our favorite books. It acknowledges that deep down, kids know that those who love them are the ones who will do what's best for them.

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jgrnlees
Aug 20, 2011

I thought this book was just barely okay. Although I am old enough to have read this book as a child, I never did so, nor did I have it read to me. And reading it now turned out to be a waste of time. I don't get what all the hype is about. And I really don't get how the movie turned out the way it did when there just isn't that much content to the book.

green_thumb Jul 18, 2011

I adore this book! "Let the wild rumpus begin" : )

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vwruleschick
Mar 31, 2011

I had this read to me and read while growing up. I love this book and finally re-read it now and remember the imagination I used to have while reading books with kewl pictures.

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olivermcgee
Jan 18, 2011

My 4 year old likes it, although it's just a basic story. There are others I enjoy more, but I do enjoy reading it with him because I remember my mom reading it to me as a kid.

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Creaulx
Apr 06, 2010

Just a tad overrated. My three-year old was indifferent to this, he's probably too young to appreciate the subtleties of the illustrations. I've seen reviews of this book that were concurrent with the recent Hollywood movie version that essentally compared it to Tolstoy. Sheesh! It's a pleasant enough children's book. End of story.

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vickiz
Aug 07, 2009

This is the 61st of a series of titles selected by writer Yann Martel to provide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to encourage an appreciation of the arts and literature in particular in the PM, and to also help him with his stillness and thoughtfulness. Martel has regularly sent books from a wide range of literary traditions to Harper. Martel has devoted a Web site to the reading list and his kind and considered covering letters with each volume. Martel has never received a direct acknowledgement from Harper, and only recently some fairly form-letter responses from Harper's staff. He has, however, received a response (although not directly related to one of his book selections for Harper) from Industry Minister Tony Clement.

Martel's meditation on both Where the Wild Things Are and companion inclusion In the Night Kitchen, both written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, is very moving, especially in light of his (Martel's, that is) very recent new fatherhood. All of his letters can be read at http://www.whatisstephenharperreading.ca/.


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