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Where the Wild Things Are Hardcover – December 26, 2012
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From the Back Cover
Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
Where the Wild Things Are
Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year
The original pictures have never before been as faithfully reproduced as they are in this new edition. Maurice Sendak enthusiastically approved this remastered rendition of his art.
In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), 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, and Bumble-Ardy.
He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the fi rst Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.
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This is a short story that focuses on the power of imagination, but also reinforces that there is a time and place for certain behaviors, the importance of respecting your mother, and that moms love you even when you don't show them that respect. This book opens the door for conversation on these topics, and you child can learn while enjoying the story.
Top international reviews
A simple story, few characters, and a lot of imagination. You'll love it so much you'll want to eat it up!
It's an amazing story to read out loud, it's a great tell, words are perfect and so precise that the Author didn't need to write many.
The Wild Things are the like the Dragons that you see on those ancient maps, when lands and seas were yet to be discovered and still, Max - the little boy - is able to tame them.
This is what I like about the story: You just have to believe in yourself. You just have to go and start your own adventure. My baby just love the Monsters and Max's wolf suit.
The picture are so lovely, scary, funny, sad altogether. You can't forget them.
As an adult, you'll notice some references to William Blakes' Divina Commedia.
The book is as big as an A4 sheet, those you normally use for the printer: amazing size for small hands and big pictures. Won't rip easily.
I had mine for a few months now, and the pages are a bit yellowish, which I expect and adore in a book, but you never know what someone else might like. (see pic)
Note: Get this story in a paper Book, not eBook. Sendak hated them.
Spike Jones has directed a movie (2009) adapted from M.Sendak book, but it's different, and you won't get the book taste.
We devour picture books in our home. Sadly this is one of the only ones I regret purchasing.
My little boy loves it. He is 13 months old and too young to understand the tale but he enjoys the images and the story he makes of it when I read it to him.
Best of all he loves the three pages of rumpus without words and I love interacting with him when we are looking at it.
It teaches children that it is ok to be boisterous but that sometimes you can get too boisterous and there may be consequences.
This is a very enjoyable read and helps children manage feelings around being aggressive, naughty and merely playful.
I had this book for my children, they had it for their children and now my GREAT Grandchildren are loving it…EVERY HOME with a young child should have this ONE book
I bought this book for my son to grow up with, however i think that even if i did not have a child i would still want this in my collection just to look at and imagine the island.
The story is also a bit too sparse.
Overall, a mismatch between what I needed and what the book turned out to be.
A personal favourite, beautifully illustrated and exquisitely told: perfect.
He loves the repetition and the added noises with actions of the 'Wild Things' by whoever is reading it.
Our favourite part is the wild rumpus - we use a different tune for each 'rumpus' page and sing it together with great gusto and merriment!
All, in all, an excellent interactive book, open to many different interpretations, sound effects and great fun!
I think this is the strength of this particular book, it offers a wonderful experience by being rich in content and light on text, it allows the children precisely what they need, a platform for imagination.