The Wild Things by Dave Eggers
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Max is a rambunctious eight-year-old whose world is changing around him: His father is absent, his mother is increasingly distracted, and his teenage sister has outgrown  him. Sad and angry, Max dons his wolf suit and makes terrible, ruinous mischief, flooding his sister’s room and driving his mother half-crazy. Convinced his family doesn’t want him anymore, Max flees home, finds a boat and sails away. Arriving on an island, he meets strange and giant creatures who rage and break things,  who trample and scream. These beasts do everything Max feels inside, and so, Max appoints himself their king. Here, on a magnificent adventure with these funny and complex monsters, Max can be the wildest thing of all.
 
In this visionary adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic work, Dave Eggers brings an imaginary world vividly to life, telling the story of a lonely boy navigating the emotional journey away from boyhood.


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About Dave Eggers

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DAVE EGGERS is the editor of McSweeney's and a cofounder of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth, located in seven cities across the United States. He is the author of four books, including What Is the What and How We Are Hungry.
 
Published November 11, 2009 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Travel. Fiction

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The Guardian

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The Wild Things by Dave Eggers 281pp, Hamish Hamilton, £14.99 Now here's a peculiar undertaking.

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BC Books

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been a fan of anything for forty years, but it somewhat eases the pain when the thing is a children’s book (although I’d be a liar if I said, “My nanny read it to me when she tucked me in at night”).

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The Globe and Mail

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This is no longer Maurice Sendak's Max, nor Spike Jonze's Max, but rather Dave Eggers's Max, overcome with joy at envisioning a mother sleeping peacefully, an especially poignant touch for those who recall from his memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius the sleepless nights of Eggers's ...

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The Telegraph

When the Wild Things plead “we’ll eat you up we love you so”, his answer is just “no”, before returning to his room where his supper, the last page tells us, “was still hot”.

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The Bookbag

The adult reading this - either for himself or for her children - will see the young Max as a template for battles between the ego, superego and id, as he struggles to get his way in life, and finds out he cannot always have it all his own.

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I say it could be a perfect fit for the child in you, like a warm wolf costume, especially for this time of year when we often are caught remembering as we watch children put on their costumes again.ProsMax represents the child in all of us: the wonder, the heartbreak, the mischief, anger, and sa...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Dave Eggers is an acclaimed screenwriter, novelist, short story writer, and memoirist.

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LA Times

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It's a 300-page book for kids aged 9 to 12, penned by Dave Eggers, based on both the Maurice Sendak book "Where the Wild Things Are" and the upcoming Spike Jonze film.

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FLAVORWIRE

The Wild Things is easily the best book ever adapted from a movie that was adapted from a picture book — but it also succeeds in its own right.

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