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Where The Wild Things Are Hardcover – Special Edition, 1 Jan 1967
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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)
When Max puts on hiswolf suit and makes mischief, his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bedwithout any supper. But Max is not scared. Instead,Max tames the wild things and is made their king. When things have gone far enough, Max sends the wild things off to bed without theirsupper and returns to the safety of his bedroom. Alone in his room, Max enters amagical world and sets sail across the sea to the placewhere the wild things are. The wild things roar theirterrible roars and gnash their terrible teeth and roll theirterrible eyes and show their terrible claws ...See all Product description
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A simple story, few characters, and a lot of imagination. You'll love it so much you'll want to eat it up!
It's an amazing story to read out loud, it's a great tell, words are perfect and so precise that the Author didn't need to write many.
The Wild Things are the like the Dragons that you see on those ancient maps, when lands and seas were yet to be discovered and still, Max - the little boy - is able to tame them.
This is what I like about the story: You just have to believe in yourself. You just have to go and start your own adventure. My baby just love the Monsters and Max's wolf suit.
The picture are so lovely, scary, funny, sad altogether. You can't forget them.
As an adult, you'll notice some references to William Blakes' Divina Commedia.
The book is as big as an A4 sheet, those you normally use for the printer: amazing size for small hands and big pictures. Won't rip easily.
I had mine for a few months now, and the pages are a bit yellowish, which I expect and adore in a book, but you never know what someone else might like. (see pic)
Note: Get this story in a paper Book, not eBook. Sendak hated them.
Spike Jones has directed a movie (2009) adapted from M.Sendak book, but it's different, and you won't get the book taste.
My little boy loves it. He is 13 months old and too young to understand the tale but he enjoys the images and the story he makes of it when I read it to him.
Best of all he loves the three pages of rumpus without words and I love interacting with him when we are looking at it.
It teaches children that it is ok to be boisterous but that sometimes you can get too boisterous and there may be consequences.
This is a very enjoyable read and helps children manage feelings around being aggressive, naughty and merely playful.
I bought this book for my son to grow up with, however i think that even if i did not have a child i would still want this in my collection just to look at and imagine the island.
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