Where the Wild Things Are: A Caldecott Award Winner (Hardcover)

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That very night in Max’s room a forest grew and grew – and grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around and an ocean tumbled by with a private boat for Max and he sailed off through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are.

I could write a book about Where the Wild Things Are and how much it means to me. What is it about this slim volume that captured my attention when I was very young and has continued to stay with me throughout my life as a tale I return to again and again? 

Rambunctious Max, sent to his room without his supper by his mother after a tantrum of terror, uses a boat that appears in his room to sail to a distant continent where he finds a colony of monstrous creatures. The creatures try to frighten Max, but he tames them and they bow before him. Crowned King Of All Wild Things, Max begins the Wild Rumpus, a bacchanalian celebration of primal abandon wherein he and his creatures have what remains in my imagination the greatest party of all time. Then King Max sends the Wild Things to bed without their supper. Hungry and missing his mother, Max sets sail home, ignoring the creatures’ pleading to stay with them. When the boy returns to his room, he finds his supper waiting for him “…and it was still hot.”

This story, told with remarkably few but skillfully chosen words, electrified me as a child, and still does. I was (and am still!) often bored with mundane reality, and loved to escape into worlds of fantasy I discovered in books, music, theater, television, and movies. The home of the Wild Things is a particularly compelling place to visit. The author’s Caldecott Medal-winning illustrations are immersive and transcendent, seeming almost three-dimensional in their depth and detail. 

Where The Wild Things Are lends itself to any number of interpretations, if that interests you. It can be read as a magical adventure story, or an archetypal children’s escapist fantasy. It can be read as a boy confronts his emotions and learns to control them, or that the lure of adventure is subdued by the safety of home and family. It is an external journey and an internal journey. It is all these things, and so much more. But no reader should feel compelled to adopt another reader’s take on it. Where The Wild Things Are is above all, personal, and everyone who goes on Max’s journey with him will have their own experience. For me, it is How The King Of All Wild Things Threw The Greatest Party Ever But Abdicated His Throne Because He Was Hungry For His Mother’s Cooking.

As an adult I’ve learned many fascinating things about this book. Like the fact that the author Maurice Sendak originally imagined the island Max travelled to was inhabited by wild horses, but then realized he didn’t know how to draw horses so changed them to non-specific creatures. That the appearance of the Wild Things are based on Sendak’s memories of his relatives as a child. That Sendak was gay and lived with the same man for 50 years. But none of these revelations diminishes the power of the book. In fact, they enhance and uplift it. I love this book and always will. Let the Wild Rumpus Start!

Note on the edition: This Fiftieth Anniversary edition of Where The Wild Things Are is the most faithful to the author’s intent ever published. Before his death in 2012, Sendak “enthusiastically approved” the remastering of his art that appears in this edition.

Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) ❤️
 

— Wade Brown

Description


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.

This iconic story has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. When Max dresses in his wolf suit and causes havoc in the house, his mother sends him to bed. From there, Max sets sail to an island inhabited by the Wild Things, who name him king and share a wild rumpus with him. But then from far away across the world, Max smells good things to eat...

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. 

Mary Pols of Time magazine wrote that "what makes Sendak's book so compelling is its grounding effect: Max has a tantrum and in a flight of fancy visits his wild side, but he is pulled back by a belief in parental love to a supper 'still hot." Generations have shared this beautiful picture book, and children of all ages will want to return to it again and again.

  • New York Public Library's #4 book on the list of "Top Check Outs of All Time"
  • One of the National Education Association's "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children"
  • The top picture book in School Library Journal's survey of its readers 

Maurice Sendak was also the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over ThereHigglety Pigglety Pop!, and Nutshell Library.

About the Author


Maurice Sendak’s books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are and is the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and Nutshell Library. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, in 1983 he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, and in 1996 he received a National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, Sendak received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an annual international prize for children’s literature established by the Swedish government.



Maurice Sendak’s books have sold over 50 million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are and is the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and Nutshell Library. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, in 1983 he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, and in 1996 he received a National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, Sendak received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an annual international prize for children’s literature established by the Swedish government.

Praise For…


“The clearer reproductions of the original art are vibrant and luminous.” — The Horn Book

“Each word has been carefully chosen and the simplicity of the language is quite deceptive.” — School Library Journal

“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 — Brightly



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Product Details
ISBN: 9780060254926
ISBN-10: 0060254920
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: December 26th, 2012
Pages: 48
Language: English