Where the Wild Things Are (Hardcover)
|This special commemorative edition celebrates 40 years of Sendak's classic tale of the imaginative journey taken by a boy named Max to "where the wild things are." Illustrations.|
From the Publisher:
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.
Max is sent to bed without supper and imagines sailing away to the land of Wild Things,where he is made king.
Young Max acts too wild for his mother's liking, and is sent to his room without his supper. From there, he travels to a place inhabited by monsters who are scary, ridiculous, and lovable all at once. Max becomes their king, but comes to miss the comforts and love of home. Illustrated with finely detailed, color pen-and-ink. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1963 and winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal.WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE was one of the first children's books to depict the sometimes subversive inner mind of a child. A seemingly straightforward tale about monsters, the story allows readers to deal with their fears of the unknown. Wearing a wolf suit and acting like a wild child, a boy named Max gets so out of control that his mother sends him to bed without his supper. That night Max laughs with delight as his room is transformed into a land inhabited by wild things--monsters almost as wild as Max himself. At first, the monsters try to scare Max, but, using a magic trick to conquer them, he becomes their king. Although Max eagerly participates in the creatures' "wild rumpus," he eventually returns home--where he finds his dinner, still hot, waiting for him in his bedroom. Although some found the jewel-toned, crosshatched pen-and-ink illustrations too frightening for children, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the Best Illustrated Children's Books of 1963, and it also won the 1964 Caldecott Medal.
"[A] most imaginative and unusual read-aloud picture book, with illustrations that are marvelously detailed....The text has a lovely lyric quality, and the psychological implications are sound but are not obtrusive in the story--rather, they give it body." - Zena Sutherland March 1963 Horn Book
"This vibrant picture book in luminous, understated full color has proved utterly engrossing to children with whom it has been shared....A sincere, perceptive contribution which bears repeated examination." - Virginia Haviland April 1964