Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakWhere the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are

byMaurice SendakIllustratorMaurice Sendak

Paperback | December 26, 2012

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Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. A must for every child's bookshelf.

Introduce a new generation to Max's imaginative journey with this special anniversary edition. Let the wild rumpus continue as this classic comes to life like never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak's artwork.

Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in 2012. This iconic story has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations.

In addition toWhere the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books includeKenny's Window,Very Far Away,The Sign on Rosie's Door,Nutshell Library(consisting ofChicken Soup with Rice,Alligators All Around,One Was Johnny, andPierre),Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life,In the Night Kitchen,Outside Over There,We Are All in the...
Title:Where the Wild Things AreFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:48 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.25 inShipping dimensions:8.75 × 6.35 × 0.25 inPublished:December 26, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064431789

ISBN - 13:9780064431781


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Let the wild rumpus start! This book scared me as a child, the monsters were terrifying to me. Great book nonetheless
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely brilliant! I love this book! Absolutely love it! The fact that it was banned just adds to the beauty of this story.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless! I truly enjoyed reading ''Where the Wild Things Are'' as a child and continue to enjoy reading it as an adult! Max's adventures are fun and the amazing illustrations is sure to draw kids in. Love! #PlumReviews
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This book is probably best for children who are around grade 3 or 4. I read it to a little girl after she finished grade 2 and she liked it but I don't think she could follow it that well.
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This is such a great book to read. A classic for sure. Get's kids engaged.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short, But Lovely This s a very short story, but it's beautiful in its simplicity. It's a book that can be enjoyed by a reader of any age, and it leaves you with a lingering sense of nostalgia, and longing for the days of your childhood. It's also bittersweet, in a way, when Max leaves the Wild Things to return home. But who knows - maybe Max once again stepped onto his private boat, and found his way to the home of the Wild Things. To sail off through night and day, and in and out of weeks, and almost over a year... All you have to do is open up the book, and read it all again.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great book! I loved this book as a child and still love it as an adult! It's so fun and imaginative and the illustrations are beautiful!
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have Simply a must have, something about this book is just so awesome
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it My kids enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it when I was younger, a classic
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so much fun to read Who doesn't love this children's classic? This is a great book to read to your kids! You will feel like a kid all over again seeing those hairy monsters!
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved Loved this as a kid. My mom started refusing to read it to me because I'd read it so many times.
Date published: 2018-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A book about imagination I loved this book and yes some of the pictures are a bit hair raising but we always use things like that as a way to teach a lesson. "how do you think the cat feels being chased by the book with a fork?". It is a classic and for this reason I could not imagine it not on our bookshelf. The illustration is so much fun and the story about a boys imagination which just goes wild suits my little wild kids just fine.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An institution We finally got this classic and my three year old's eye were wide, bright and fixated the first time we read it together. Such a great purchase or gift to receive.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good This book takes me back to my childhood days. Very good story for children. It really activates the imagination.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! This one one of my favourite books as a kid!
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I never read this as a child (the cover kinda freaked me out) but I love reading it with my kids. I understand why it's a classic! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't like. I don't like this book. Not sure why a children's book would have to be illustrated in monsters!
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Amazing book on how words can have an impact on the people around us.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from will read it again and again for my kids Love this book , full of beautiful and creative illustrations.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Love reading this one to my daughter! It's a classic
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is an every night read This book is a classic that we read every night at bed time. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood Favourite Although I have some very fond memories of this book, I also remember being vaguely terrified of it. But it wasn't the monsters that frightened me... it was Max. The image of him holding up an enlarged fork against a tiny dog will forever be embedded in my conscious.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Let the Adventure begin Definitely a favourite in our class as Max takes you on a fun adventure!!!!
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Great book showing the extent of the childhood imagination.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Simple story and pretty pictures This is a classic children's picture book, but looking past that, I think this is a good picture book. I love how the boy returns to his room, and I think there is a lot to think about in terms of his adventure and how he gets there. The illustrations and beautiful and detailed, giving the story the right vibe.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful imagery! My children just love this book, and I really enjoy reading it to them.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for helping kids process feelings # plumreview This is a wonderful book that can help kids process tough emotions.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A review from our daughter "I really loved when Max pretended his room became a forest and he sailed away to where the Wild Things are. This is one of favourite books because I really like the wild life and the monsters are so cute."
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! A wonderful read about the power of your imagination!
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great imagination!!! My kids and I love this book! I find there are many messagesin this book. It teaches kids that they can dream up anything... and they can be anything. That if they are punished (so he stays in his room..) that you can make the most of it, and drea of a whole new place.... and the best is that he ends up wanting to go back home... very nice story! Cute illustrations too!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I love it, but my little is still too small My 1 year old wont sit still long enough- but I know in time she will eventually love it as much as I do!
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic A classic book I enjoyed growing up with and now is just as entertaining for the little one
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cute! a wonderful book that helps children use their imagination!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the greatest Was never a book that I liked, but have heard other people rave about it. Not one of my personal favorites though.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Beautifully imaginative story
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful illustrations This book is sparse on words but most of the story is carried easily through the artwork. Great for inspiring creativity in young children, and reminding adults the power of imagination.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like it One of the best children's books ever
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites This is still one of my favourite books of all time. A fun story.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it!! One of my favorite children books!!
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! Along with "the hungry caterpillar' - a book that every kid should own. While there are few words in this book, the pictures alone should be enough to fire up the imagination ;)
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Childhood Favourite Imaginative, creative and good fun.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for understanding dreams! I love this book for many reasons but one in particular is to help my kiddos understand that what happens in your dreams is just that...a dream! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from family favorite This book is a family favorite, I love how some pages don't even have words, you have to make up sounds and use your imagination to progress the story along.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, but... This is a great book, with lots of layers. It's about a naughty boy who experiments with being what his Mom says he shouldn't be - then feels pangs of regret, and longs to return home, to his cosy room and warm dinner. But I think the meaning is lost on the kids.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My daughter loves this book Great book, lots of pictures!
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic picture book I had to study this book for a course. I did not think I would like it so much!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! A unique, enjoyable book for kids!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it A great book that I have enjoyed reading to my girl. It's quirky and simple :)
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true classic This is a true classic with wonderful pictures that is a must for every little ones library.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic! I've been reading this story for years-first for my nieces and nephews and now my own little girl. Of all children's books, this is my favourite. The actions and monster noises are easy for children to mimic and repeat making it a very entertaining read!
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite It is such a fun book! Shows great imagination and illustrations
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not one of my 3 years old favourite I read this to my daughter about 2-3 times than she didn't want to hear it anymore ... and she loves story reading time
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Classic book for kids to read!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the best The best picture book, period.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Wild Things Much better than the movie, in my opinion. Great book, you can get into some good discussions with kids. Some pages have no words, to allow children to look at the wild things in more detail. Fabulous pictures.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood favourite A classic book that I loved reading as a child.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have to read it This is the ultimate children's book that everybody needs to read no matter their age
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Classic book. Read it as a kid and now my kids are reading it. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful pictures The artwork in this book is stunning. It's a lovely read aloud and one of my favourites! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from simple yet effective an easy read with creative freedom written all over it. it expands into a world of the imaginary with just a hint of realism for all adult readers out there.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A joy to read. A brilliant little story filled with creativity and imagination.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Children's Classic This is a great short story that captures the imagination of childhood. It is a must for any book shelf.
Date published: 2010-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Oldie but a goodie My 3 yr old sat still for the whole thing. :O) Very cute story when I was young and it's great to see some things have staying power. :O)
Date published: 2010-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was Wonderful!! I am 40 and loved this book as a kid!!! I was amazed that I could find it this many years later. I could not put it down after I got it....it sure brought back a lot of my childhood memories!!!!!!
Date published: 2009-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic I shared this book with my 4 year old daughter after having taken her to see the Spike Jonez movie. She loved it. The book is really at her level -- the movie a bit too old for her.
Date published: 2009-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is a wonderfully presented story for children. The tale focuses on an apparently rowdy youth, Max, who is sent to bed without supper for his rambunctious escapades in the house. Later that night Max dreams of a magical rowdy world where he is king of all things wild and terrible, but eventually Max comes to realize that having everything always go your way lacks any real fulfillment. The incorporation of some values into a beautifully illustrated adventure is sure to entertain any small child while still effectively presenting a subtle message. Thus, a child is not confused, nor presented with a meaningless tale. The pictures have been recognized worldwide and have been presented with the prestigious Caldicott Award for illustrations in children's books. This book is printed in hardcover, a bonus for when handling is to be done by children, and the font is large and separated from pictures to avoid confusion. The author's connection of the textual story to the pictoral story is helpful for children learning to read as well, as it helps to form associations between pictures and words. Widely recognized as a classic, Where the Wild Things Are is a necessity for any small child's library.
Date published: 2009-10-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from From What I Heard I Expected Better! First I would just like to say that I am a 29 year old woman who grew up without ever hearing/reading Where The Wild Things Are. When the trailer came out all my friends got excited cause it was there fave book growing up and I felt left out. Thank god my sister decided to have a baby giving me an excuse to buy and read the book. I was not impressed. I know it's a kids book, but it was shocking. The page where Max is chasing the family dog down the stairs with a fork. And the monsters asking Max to stay or else they'll eat him? Sweet mother of god! I thought the monsters were supposed to be nice. Well there not and the Max kid is nothing more than one of those out of control kids from the Maury Povich show. Kids will read this book and think, "Hey, if I'm bad I get to hang out with monsters, become king of monster island and come home to a warm dinner." My niece is still getting the book. I don't have to deal with the fallout after she reads the book...I just the aunt. LOL.
Date published: 2009-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extermely creative This is one of my favourite books. It lets you use your imagination to the fullest as a story teller you can be creative with your voice and body language . Kids and Adults love this story because they can relate to the humour of Max and his wild things.
Date published: 2009-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Giggly Fun Of all the books I read my kids, and there are many, this is my favourite to perform. It is so easy to turn Where the Wild Things Are into a a big, rollicking tickle fest, and I am never able to resist the urge. When those Wild Things show up with their "terrible roars" and "terrible eyes" and "terrible claws," I attack my kids with everything I've got until they are reduced to quivering masses of giggled out jelly. And Max, the King of the Wild Things, is one of the coolest kids in any kids book ever. Sure he's being too much of a "Wild Thing," which gets him sent to bed, but he's not your modern kid. There's no brattiness and entitlement. Just a cool kid getting a little crazy on fun before being sent off to bed and a great adventure in his dreams. And when he comes back from his adventure he finds his dinner waiting for him...and it's still hot. Super cool fun for you and your kids.
Date published: 2009-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Childhood memories I remember being read this story in grade school.. I was maybe in grade 3? I've just recently purchased it for my youngest and he likes it too. I'm thrilled! Joel loves to read and it is wonderful to see!!
Date published: 2008-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Children's Picture Book There is something simply irresistible about this classic children's picture book. My son loved it from the age of 3 and still likes to read it now and then himself and he's 8 years old. The story is enchanting and recounts the tale of a stubborn young boy whose bad behaviour has caused his mother to banish him to his room without dinner. His imagination rules the day as his bedroom walls are transformed in to a jungle and his bed in to a boat that transports him across the sea to a special island where we meet a group of wild monsters who are a little scary but mostly lovable. This is a truly magical read for all ages with a poetic writing style that delivers a story with lines that you'll remember forever.
Date published: 2008-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where childhood is King... This amazing story is a child's first fantasy book. It validates every thing that happens in their imagination and spurs them on to greater flights of fancy. Even as an adult I still get shivers when I read (or even think!) the line "But Max tamed them by the trick of looking into their yellow eyes". OH the POWER!!! Every child wants to tame the wild things and be part of the "wild rumpus". Every adult should remember that feeling as well.
Date published: 2006-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best children's books This book is such a great story about just being a kid and having fun and showing kids monsters aren't so scary!!
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for little boys My brother loved this when he was a child, and so did the rest of us. Now I love reading it to my nephew, he's already at the point where he can tell you most of the words himself. A great kid's book :)
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where the Wild Things Are This is truley a wonderful book. It has been read to me for as long as I can remember. Everybody can relate to this story somehow.
Date published: 2002-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I give this book 5 thumbs up! Way Up!
Date published: 2001-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book for kids I remember when I was a child reading this book and being transported into a magical world. Now I purchased it for my kids aged 6 and 8 and they love it as much as I did when I was their age. A must have for any childs book collection.
Date published: 2000-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where the Wild Things Are Although this is a children's book, it has been and always will be one of my favorites. I think for children and adults alike it allows the exploration of imagination. You can relate to Max's desire to escape to where he is King, where he can do anything he likes and to not have to give into rules. It reminds us that we all have a little bit of wildness in us while at the sametime reminding us that when all is said and done home is still where we like to be. :)
Date published: 2000-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where the Wild Things Are I can remember having this read to me as a kid. It was by far my favourite story. I must have checked it out of the library at least 100 times. Max's adventures give children a taste of the extraordinary...a necessity in a world dominated by the reality of money and material things. I want a copy to be able to read to my children one day so as to share part of my childhood with them.
Date published: 2000-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where The Wild Things Are This is a classic story...a definate must read! Every child loves Max's adventures!
Date published: 2000-11-05

From Our Editors

This book holds so much sentiment and memories for folks in their twenties and early thirties - the people just starting to have families of their own. Who can forget the imaginative creatures and their habitat in the dark? Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are tells the story of a young boy whose misbehaviour gets him sent to bed early by his mother. Once there, he imagines escaping to the world of the Wild Things, a place that, once visited, becomes a destination visited many times over.

Editorial Reviews

“A timeless classic that continues to win over the hearts of children. The simple, rhythmic text and expressive illustrations are just as appealing today as they were when I was a child.” 10 Must-Have Books for 2-Year-Olds