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Where The Wild Things Are Hardcover – Special Edition, 1 Jan 1967

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Publisher: Bodley Head; The 50th Anniversary edition edition (1 Jan. 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370007727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370007724
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 1.4 x 26.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sendak is the daddy of them all when it comes to picture books - the words, the rhythm and the design are all wonderful." (S Magazine, Sunday Express)

"The greatest picture book ever written" (Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate Guardian)

"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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Digitally remastered to celebrate the book's 50th anniversary, this new edition brings Sendak's bestselling classic of twentieth-century children's literature back to its original glory

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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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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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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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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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By Binka VINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2006
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I thought this book would be a bit scary for my sensitive 5yo daughter when she was given it as a birthday present. Concerned about nightmares I hid it for a bit. It was discovered soon enough and she insisted I read it to her.

She wasn't scared at all and thankfully no nightmares to report. She loves the story and loves pretending to be one of the wild things, nashing her terrible jaws and waving her fearsome claws.
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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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This is a classic - 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.
I never tire of reading this book and my son (3 going on 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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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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