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Where The Wild Things Are [Paperback]

Maurice Sendak
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Book Description

4 May 2000
One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus begins. But when Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely and realises it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (4 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099408392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099408390
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began by illustrating other authors' books for children, but the first book that he both wrote and illustrated was Kenny's Window, published in 1956. Since then he has illustrated over 80 books, and has won many awards, including the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he was the first American to win the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator's Medal. In 1978 the University of Boston made him Doctor of Humane Letters and in 1983 he won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for a 'substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children over a period of years'.

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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 colour 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's suit, giggle-stiflingly funny at times, and even manages to reaffirm the notion that there's no place like home. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"The key to Sendak's success and to the continuing hipness of his book, is that it's hero is not a good child . . . the book is, in fact, extraordinarily childcentric, a book written for and about terrible infants, the kind of terrible infants that most children really are and that all adults remain for much of the time" (David Baddiel The Times)

"This is my never-fail picture book. The text is very short, but utterly perfect, the illustrations are tremendous" (Jacqueline Wilson)

"Gripping, ingenious and uplifting . . . a shrewd, fierce, healing book" (Boyd Tonkin Independent)

"A timeless masterpiece. The illustrations, the fabulous monsters, the beautiful cross-hatching, and the surreal, dreamlike narrative beckons the reader to join the adventure. The themes are perfect for inspiring discussion on confronting life's scary things, mastering your fears and being brave, letting off steam, saying goodbye, and the comfort of returning home safe and sound" (Child Education)

"An almost-perfect picture book stuffed with mischief, magic and meaning . . . Has a haunting depth that makes bedtime reading thrilling, a little scary, but also empowering" (Junior)

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133 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best children's book ever. 23 Jan 2003
By The Librarian VINE VOICE
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It's hard to believe that this wildly imaginative book is 36 years old - definitely worthy of the description "timeless". Sendak is a highly-esteemed painter in a surreal style, and has made many superbly illustrated books. It must be said that not all are actually very accessible by children, but this is his masterpiece! I read this to my daughter EVERY SINGLE NIGHT for six months, and never tired of it. There is only a line or two of text on each page, and every word counts. It reads like blank verse, and there are intriguing internal rhymes, beautifully apparent when read aloud .... " 'Now stop!' Max said, and sent the wild things off to bed without their supper." Also wonderful is the typographical joke at the end, where the story appears to finish when Max returns from his dream journey to find his supper waiting for him. You turn the page, and then on an otherwise blank page, "And it was still hot". Sendak had always insisted that his books are never published in reduced format, or bowdlerised in any way, so, even when you buy paperback editions, you get a quality product.I have worked as a children's librarian for nearly 30 years, and in my view this has never been bettered - recommended for absolutely any age of child. It's so subtly satisfying that I never tire of talking about it!
PS - Buy the video too - it's wonderful!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot 1 Mar 2005
This is simply wonderful - one of the best children's books ever.
It is a beautiful book - the illustrations are amazing (it is easy spend ages discussing the content of a single page with your children) and the prose is simple and sparse, yet beautiful, succinct and evocative. The toy is good quality and durable, it is a useful when reading the book: my son has great fun deciding which wild thing the toy is.
I never tire of reading this book and my son (4) never seems to tire of hearing it. It is now one of his firm favourites.
A timeless classic; a book to be read and reread, enjoyed and treasured.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars portal 13 Dec 2004
My memory of being a small child is a soup of images that are too distant to see clearly anymore.
Reading this book is like being pulled back to the clear reality of those days as I experienced them then.
I don't feel as if I've changed.
(I'm a bit taller).
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
At first this book seems like it could be scary for very young children, but in fact the opposite is true. Both my children have loved it, especially the 4 year old who acts out the story after we have read it! It appeals to both girls and boys and really sparks their imagination. I would highly recommend it to any parent, the only problem is that they want you to read it so many times that eventually you will read it from memory!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every child should have a copy of this book 21 Mar 2007
By fimble
This book changed childrens books forever. The pictures are given much more emphasis that the text and so increase the appeal to a young child.

The book has travel the world and has been enjoyed by generations , this is because it is timeless and an absolute classic which is still used in schools today.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You�ll be wild if you miss this 26 Sep 2005
This is a book I have very vivid memories of from my own childhood and it is a pleasure now to read it to my own children. It's a great story where an unruly small child is sent to his room without his supper and in the confines of his bedroom goes to the land where the wild things live. The language is magnificent- for example, Max sails in and out of weeks and almost over a year - and the great pictures are just as I remember. They're timeless; they haven't dated at all. These beautiful illustrations are also unusual within our picture book collection, and the book itself is well-produced on good strong paper. You might think the theme and pictures of Wild Things would be a little scary for the smallest tots but this hasn't been the case at all. Both children loved it from around 2. Now, at not quite three, my son thinks Max's voyage is real; at four my daughter understands about the way imagination can transform a room into anything you want it to be. It's lovely that after having all the fun where the wild things are, and being in trouble at home they still want to go back to 'where someone loves them best'. And of course that Mum (or other someone) has left them their dinner in their room. A classic with good reason.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly fantastic tale 27 May 2001
By A Customer
This is a book which I read as a wee lad twenty years ago but still remember vividly. I came across it again at a friend's house recently and was reminded of its magical simplicity, so much so that I have bought it on-line and written a review.....
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic illustrations and great fun! 15 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Having read this book to my son numerous times,both he and I still enjoy it together. It is about a little boy who, whilst punished in his bedroom, has an amazing dream about another (make-believe) land and the "wild things" in it - finally he wakes up to find he has been forgiven and his dinner is waiting for him. Children will love this book because they have to think about whether the story really was a dream or not- also they will love the pictures . This book will continue to amuse a 4 year old.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
OK just as I remember
Published 7 days ago by Mr D G Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourtite book ever
Loved this book as a kid and still love it now. Book arrived in perfect condition. Must read especially if you've watched the film.
Published 17 days ago by Ella Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure fantasy
My two year old knows every word and we have to read it again and again!
A classic must have childrens book!
Published 19 days ago by Stuart N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
What a lovely book. Great to use with children of all ages. A joy to use. Really great illustrations. Would recommend
Published 1 month ago by MR W.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the best quality
The book looked used and colour faded slightly in places. I had wanted this for a present so was disappointed
Published 2 months ago by susan pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the Wild Things Are
This book by Maurice Sendak was first published 1963 in the USA and again another publisher. The book got Caldecott Medal Winner for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year... Read more
Published 2 months ago by wendypan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Got this for my 3 year old grandson to read when he is at my house and he loves it.
Published 2 months ago by Moomin
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
Lovely book and a child's classic. My children love it and it's not long so they don't get bored of reading it.
Published 2 months ago by CHANTELLE
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic - but strange
I don't really remember this book being so very strange. I like the middle pages, where there is no text.
Published 2 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. The oldies are always the best loved.
I rember listening to this when I was younger and I loved it then, and still love it today. My daughter really enjoys this, the recording being converted onto cd is... Read more
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