Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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...has not the sole purpose of making little humans feel powerful, if so, the book would prove incredibly dangerous. To offset to onset of overconfidence, Sendak depicts Max fleeing before the monsters awaken. It can be assumed that, if the Wild Things were to learn of Max's true nature, the results would be catastrophic.
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In the forty years since Max first cried "Let the wild rumpus start," Maurice Sendak's classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. Now, in celebration of this special anniversary, introduce a new generation to Max's imaginative journey to Where the Wild Things Are.

 

About Maurice Sendak

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Maurice Sendak received the Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. He has also received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the National Medal of Arts, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
 
Published January 1, 1967 by The Bodley Head Ltd. 48 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

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Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Kennedy on May 30 2014

Maurice Sendak's illustrations beautifully reflect an angry little boy's fantasy. Children will readily identify with Max's feelings.

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Above average
Reviewed by Lolly Robinson on Feb 24 2014

It’s rare to find any students who have never read Where the Wild Things Are, but a fresh look after many years tends to reveal more.

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Above average
Reviewed by Nicholas Pugh on Jan 15 2013

...has not the sole purpose of making little humans feel powerful, if so, the book would prove incredibly dangerous. To offset to onset of overconfidence, Sendak depicts Max fleeing before the monsters awaken. It can be assumed that, if the Wild Things were to learn of Max's true nature, the results would be catastrophic.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Davida Chazan on May 15 2012

...there is no other rating possible for this book than a full FIVE stars and I will always highly recommend it to any parent or grandparent or just anyone who is still a kid at heart. An absolute MUST buy for every library!

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Excellent
Reviewed by Christina Pomoni on Jul 31 2009

Illustrated in a way that will always be in style, "Where the Wild Things Are" is a wonderfully simple story that attracts children. The transformation of Max's bedroom into an extraordinary setting is a true delight.

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Good
Reviewed by Kristen May on Aug 22 2008

Sendak's illustrations and text in Where the Wild Things Are create a world in which a young boy is able to have an adventure with wild things while remaining in control of them. Children who have the ability to look beyond the pointy claws...should not be scared of the book.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Floresiensis on May 30 2014

The illustrations are dreamlike, the writing style simple, yet imaginative and delightfully atypical. It is a timeless classic; a book to be read and re-read every night of the week, a book to be enjoyed and cherished.

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Good
Reviewed by Tania McCartney on Jun 22 2009

What child is there who wouldn’t dream of being transported to a world inside their own head? I will never forget being transported along with Max in this story for the very first time.

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Above average
Reviewed by Beth Carswell on May 30 2014

While fun and imaginative and wild, the book also subtly looks at feeling angry, and how to cope with that, and how we can be angry or frustrated at people while still loving them, and being loved in return, just the same.

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