Where the Wild Things Are is screening as a feature film this December in Australia, so take the opportunity to revisit the children's picture book where the story first began.
First published in 1963 Where the Wild Things Are has resonated with children around the world for generations. The story has not lost an ounce of its appeal, charm or relevance, the illustrations are as fresh and captivating as on the day they were first published and Max remains one of the great heroes of children's picture books.
There are three certainties for December 09 - the film Where the Wild Things Are will be a hit with children as old as 90, the book Where the Wild Things Are will hit the bestseller list, and there will be newborn babies the world over named Max.
Reviewed by Kate Mayes, Booktopia Buzz Editor
The much-loved favourite children’s bestseller in paperback
Originally published in 1963, it has become a much-loved favourite children's best-seller, and an acknowledged classic of 20th century children's picture books. Maurice Sendak said: "Max, the hero of my book, discharges his anger against his mother, and returns to the real world sleepy, hungry, and at peace with himself... from their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustration as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things".
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Comments about Where The Wild Things Are:
A wonderful teaching tool of action and consequence for unacceptable behaviour. Bought for my three-year-old son, I thought the monsters might be a bit too scary for him and intended to put the book away, but he saw me unpack it (very quick delivery) and so we read it right away. He was fascinated and instead of being scared by the Wild Things, he pointed out how they resembled animals. He even recognized a little bit of the moral by saying "Naught wolf boy!" Fantastic read for little ones.
Max is sent to bed with no supper for behaving like a Wild Thing. The bedroom turns into the Land Where the Wild Things Are and Max becomes king. A wild rumpus makes him send his subjects to bed without their supper before he finally returns home. No child should miss this wonderful fantasy. (4-8 yrs) (Kirkus UK)
For Ages: 4 - 7 years old
For Grades: K - 2
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: 1st June 2000
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 25.1 x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1