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Where the Wild Things Are

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by Maurice Sendak
     
 

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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

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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Staff
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064431781
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2012
Series:
Caldecott Collection Series
Edition description:
Anniversary
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
690
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Ridgefield, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
June 10, 1928
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Education:
Art Students' League

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Where the Wild Things Are 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 273 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful reread. The illustrations are vivid and imaginative. Agreat bedtime story.
LuckyShamrock More than 1 year ago
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!
bka More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to hear there was a Wild things movie- I read the book to my grandkids and they love it!
MKEmama More than 1 year ago
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.
kevinharvick29 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book for sharing with all kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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
Hooty-Hoo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Rhino89 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story, illustrations & themes are WONDERFUL! A must for any juvenile (or adult) library.
Aussieprincipessa More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Snooky More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful book to read to children. My sons still talk about how much they loved this book when they were growing up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
serviceKP More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where the Wild Things Are is a book that easily grows on you. I have often had a problem of getting bored of a book after reading it over and over again to my siblings and campers. However, with this book, I found I never tired of reading it and enjoyed it just as much as the children. Maurice Sendak has a great ability to entertain children through the adventurous story and fun drawings but also relate to adults through the underlying themes. These themes include self- control and using one&rsquo;s imagination which can help both ages learn valuable lessons. I was able to use it as a lesson for large groups of campers in which we read the book and then went out and collected things from nature to make their own &ldquo;wild things.&rdquo; It was a great lesson to see them use their imagination and really enjoy it. It was a great experience for all of us and all thanks to this book.
Ronald_Savage More than 1 year ago
Wow, I remember this book when I was a kid, It was a little scary but It is my #1 classic book as a kid. I think every kid should grow up knowing this book. I am 49 years old now and I have never forgotten this book. :)
GmaAL More than 1 year ago
No way this classic will ever go out of style. It is timeless!
oldman66 More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful way to introduce the new reader to his very own first real book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ordered two of these books to give to my young grandchildren because I had heard it was a &quot;must have&quot; for a child. I'm glad I read the book (no, I had never read it) when they arrived because I totally disliked it (didn't want to say &quot;hate&quot;) !! Not enough words, or story, and the monsters were freaky-looking. I do not know why this book won so many awards. I returned both copies. Now, &quot;The Dumb Bunnies&quot;, there's a good book !!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Classic read. Faintly remember this but liked it. The pictures and cover were good.. Story too.
sabine_strohem More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, great service. Arrived quickly and in excellent condition.