Where the Wild Things Are

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Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Let the wild rumpus with Max and all the wild things continue as this classic comes to life as never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak’s artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in May 2012. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the ...

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Overview

Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Let the wild rumpus with Max and all the wild things continue as this classic comes to life as never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak’s artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in May 2012. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, Where the Wild Things Are became an iconic book that has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. It continues to be one of the best loved books of all time the world over, by the one and only Maurice Sendak.

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Max is being so terrible that his mother sends him to his room without supper. But Max doesn't care -- he sails off to the land of the Wild Things, and they make him his king. There, Max can be as terrible as he pleases, and the Wild Things join in the rumpus. Finally, Max is tired of being wild, and yearns to go home. Marvelous pictures and the superb story combine to make this a quintessential picture book. In it, readers will recognize their own wild side.
SLJ
Each word has been carefully chosen and the simplicity of the language is quite deceptive.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Sendak presents an image of children not as sentimentalized little dears but as people coping with complex emotions such as anger, fear, frustration, wonder, and awareness of their own vulnerability. Max feels anger at his mother, acts out his aggression in a fantasy land as he becomes "king" of his wild and ungovernable forces, and returns hungry, sleepy, and peaceful to the real world, where his porridge is still hot. This is a well-earned and reassuring happy ending for all children wrestling with human nature's darker emotions. It is also available in Spanish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060254926
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2012
  • Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 210
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Maurice Sendak

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

Biography

"I never wrote a book where I taught a lesson," Maurice Sendak once bragged in an interview. Fans of his lyrical, lushly illustrated picture books know Sendak has a far more important mission. Rather than instructing his young readers in proper manners, the man who's been called "the Picasso of children's books" has been a vital, expressive voice for children's feelings.

Sendak first honed his art as an illustrator for writers like Ruth Krauss and Else Holmelund Minarek. He explored different styles of drawing and painting, influenced by sources as diverse as William Blake, Randolph Caldecott and Walt Disney.

In the '50s and early '60s, Sendak began to write his own books, and to forge his own distinctive visual style. The most popular of the works produced in what he later called his "apprenticeship period" was The Nutshell Library, a collection of four tiny books (2 1/2 by 4 inches wide) that was instantly and enduringly popular.

His first mature work, Where the Wild Things Are (1963), was a watershed both in Sendak's career and the history of children's literature. It tells the story of a boy named Max, whose mother sends him to his room without supper, calling him a "wild thing." Max makes an imaginary journey to a land of monsters, where he's crowned King of All Wild Things. But his longing for comfort and security return him at last to his room, where he finds his supper waiting for him. Some adults were dismayed by the book's ferocious-looking monsters and its belligerent young hero. "It is not a book to be left where a sensitive child may come upon it at twilight," one librarian cautioned.

Despite the warnings, Where the Wild Things Are was a huge commercial success, and was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1964. In his acceptance speech, Sendak seemed to address his critics when he said that despite adults' desires to protect children from "painful experiences," the fact is "that from their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, that fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, that they continually cope with frustration as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things."

In the following years, Sendak illustrated dozens of books, and wrote and illustrated several more of his own, including In the Night Kitchen (1970) and Outside Over There (1981), which he considered to be the second and third parts of a trilogy that began with Where the Wild Things Are. A lover of theatre, he has also designed and produced numerous operas, plays and ballets.

Though his work has sometimes been controversial, Sendak is now renowned for his ability to recall, depict and transform the painful realities of childhood into what John Gardner, reviewing one of Sendak's books, called "not an ordinary children's book done extraordinarily well, but something different in kind from an ordinary children's book: a profound work of art for children."

Good To Know

In 1948, Maurice Sendak and his brother Jack took six model toys to the toy store F.A.O. Schwarz, which they hoped would commission a set. The store turned down the toys, but offered Maurice a job as a window display designer, which he took.

Sendak wrote Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or, There Must Be More to Life, in tribute to his beloved dog. The book's protagonist, like Sendak's pet, is a Sealyham terrier named Jennie. Years later, Sendak got a German shepherd, who already had a name when he adopted it. The dog was named Max, just like Sendak's most famous character.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Maurice Bernard Sendak (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Ridgefield, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 10, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      Art Students' League

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    Brings back memories

    My brothers and I all loved this book as kids. It is one of the classic books you remember reading when you were little. A story that touches you more with age.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2009

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    Timeless and entertaining

    What a wonderful reread. The illustrations are vivid and imaginative. Agreat bedtime story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    I was done reading this book to my son in two minutes....not long enough!

    I was very disappointed with this book. My son loves to have me read to him, and I enjoy it as well. This book, out of 48 pages, is a whopping paragraph long, and although the illustrations are amazing I couldn't believe that each page had half a sentance. For me, as an adult, starting every phrase with the word "And" got old quick! I think it's great that the book shows kids how they can use their imagination to escape to a world they've never known. The boy was sent to his room without his supper, yet when he got back his dinner was waiting for him...to me that doesn't teach any lesson at all! My son does like the book, but I wish it had more dialog for me to read. I feel like this book was a waiste of money and if I had read it before I purchased it online I wouldn't have bought it.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    I love this story!

    Growing up this book was one of my favorites! Now that I have 2 daughters of my own, I had to buy it! So many thoughts come rushing through my mind when I read this to them. I feel like a child again and the lesson of behaving stays in my mind. Now that they have made a movie, I had to show my girls where it all started. I love the illustrations and the story line! I love this book and I recommend it to everyone with their inner child still left in them!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

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    Where the wild things are

    I was so excited to hear there was a Wild things movie- I read the book to my grandkids and they love it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

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    Sharing a beloved story with my son

    I find it extremely fun to read a book I loved as a child to my son. He loves the play with the pages, look at the pictures, and follow along with the book. It's a classic. It will never go out of style. It's something every child should have on their book shelf.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

    Where the Wild Things Are

    Wonderful book for sharing with all kids.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2010

    Where the Wild Things Are

    "Where the Wild Things Are"
    A book review by: Tilburg Winnington lll


    "Where the Wild Things Are" was a book intended for young readers, but instead turned into a must have for all ages. This amazing, exciting, and at sometimes quite frightening book brought out the joyful child within us all. "Where the Wild Things Are" isn't just another book it's a book that had meaning and a great theme to learn from.

    This outstanding book is about a young boy that imagines he has sailed out into the sea and finds some different friends in a other worldly island. Here he is made king of the wild things and can cause as much mischief as he wishes. Soon he grows tired of being free willed and wishes he was he was back home with his mom.
    I personally give "Where the Wild Things Are" four out of five stars and highly recommend it for any and all ages. I am positive you will want to read this book again and again

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    One of the best books of all time!

    I used to read this book to my son - so frequently, I think I can still quote it all by heart. The drawings are wonderful. This book is fun to read, and I've never known a kid that didn't like it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2009

    :)

    I remember walking to the library everyday after school. It was a late, bitter cold and rainy afternoon. I normally sat in the Children's Section of the library, because i enjoyed reading the books. Even though I was in like the 3rd or 4th grade, it still didn't matter to me if those books were not in my level. So anyway, I normally pulled out stacks of books, carried them to my own spot and started reading to pass the time. That's when I discovered this book. I was totally engaged with the book. The illustrations were amazing and eye catching. Everything was so cute and it was like you were reading a child's diary! After I was done reading it, I decided I wanted this book. I pondered over the idea and decided to read it over and over again. I never thought I could love a picture book so much! I can't wait to pass this book down to my own children some day!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    An Absolute Classic

    I'm a 20-year-old college student and somehow I never read this book growing up. A friend of mine bought it for me to help "make up for my lost childhood" and I absolutely loved it from the first page. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is really great. I can't wait to read this to my kids when I'm older. It's an absolutely wonderful addition to my collection.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

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    One of my all time favorites!

    The story, illustrations & themes are WONDERFUL! A must for any juvenile (or adult) library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

    A Little Too Scary for Bed Time Reading

    My son three years old and is petrified of these monsters. So, I wouldn't recommend this as bed time reading. That said, I would perhaps recommend this book for children a little older than three.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2009

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    WILD about this book!

    I have loved this book since I was a little girl. Now, I get to share it with my kids. They all love the wonderful "wild rumpus!" I also recommend Runny Babbit and Pumpkin Guts. All of these books are great for sharing and they have wonderful pictures.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    One of the best!

    Absolutely wonderful book to read to children. My sons still talk about how much they loved this book when they were growing up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2009

    I Love This Book!!!

    I really like this book! I think it is a good story and one that all kids can relate to wanting to do. I have always enjoyed this book and can't wait for the movie to come out in October!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2008

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    Fun Bedtime Story

    No wonder this book is still so popular. Sometimes I add the little stuffed character animals near it as I think that toys related to favorite stories can help charge a childs imagination to invent their own. The illustrations really bring out the story here, as a compliment to the amusing tale taking the readers from the ordinary home and oridinary family trouble to the wild and back.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2008

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    Be Careful What You Wish For

    Max, trying to escape his current fate, travels to a land where he finds he really didn't have it so bad. A great book with a great lesson. An excellent example of learning while you don't even know it. Get it, you'll like it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

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    Classic read. Faintly remember this but liked it. The pictures a

    Classic read. Faintly remember this but liked it. The pictures and cover were good.. Story too.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Great Book

    Wonderful book, great service. Arrived quickly and in excellent condition.

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