Where The Wild Things Are

Paperback | December 26, 2012

byMaurice SendakIllustratorMaurice Sendak

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Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Let the wild rumpus with Max and all the wild things continue as this classic comes to life as 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 May 2012. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, Where the Wild Things Are became an iconic book that has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. It continues to be one of the best loved books of all time the world over, by the one and only Maurice Sendak.

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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 w...

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Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Let the wild rumpus with Max and all the wild things continue as this classic comes to life as 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...

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Fiftieth Anniversary EditionWinner of the Caldecott Medal

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 Dumps with Jack and Guy, andBumble-Ardy.He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal forWh...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 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

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


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