Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is about a boy named Max that acts like a wild animal (he even dresses up in a wolf suit!). His mother gets tired of him causing trouble around the house and calls him a wild thing before sending him off to bed without supper. Once in his room Max “travels to the land of the wild things” (likely dreaming it all up with his imagination) and becomes the ruler or king of the wild things. He plays with them, but quickly becomes board and then he smells his dinner that his mother brought him and leaves the wild things (much to their dismay) to return to his room where he finds his supper waiting for him and still hot.
Sendak, Maurice (1963). Where The Wild Things Are. New York: Harper & Row Publishers
My overall impression of the book is that it is a fun story and showcases how stong imaginations can be used to intertain yourself (especially when you are a child). I really enjoy the art style even though it is done in a much older and outdated style (the book was published in the 60’s so this is not surprising). The story its self is good for children because it is simple and short and the pictures do a good job of showing the story. There is a surprising amount of detail in the pictures which adds even more appeal to the book.
“This Caldecott Medal winner is a whimsical fantasy about a young boy whose imagination transports him far away from problems at home to a land where almost anything can happen.
Max is looking for a little fun, so he dresses up in a comical wolf suit. Unfortunately, his mother is tired of his antics, and sends him to bed without any supper. But unexpectedly a forest grows in his bedroom and Max is taken away to a land of Wild Things. Fortunately, the Wild Things do not eat Max; instead they make him their king. And lucky Max is allowed to continue his romp. Will Max return to his mother and finally eat his dinner?
Celebrated author Sendak writes in free-flowing, dream-like text, which seems to mirror the organic flow of the child’s mind. Children of all ages will be enraptured by this wonderful fantasy story.” – Scholastic Book Reviews. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/where-wild-things-are#cart/cleanup
This book would make for an excelent story time reading for younger children. It should easily get them excited about reading and keep them intertained if done correctly. The story is easy to follow and the pictures are big and interesting which will help to keep the children’s attention.