Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Book - 1988
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Max sails to the land of the wild things, where he becomes their king.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper & Row, publishers, [1988]
ISBN: 9780060254926
Branch Call Number: E SENDAK
Characteristics: [40] p. : col. ill. ; 27 x 28 cm.


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Let the "wild rumpus" begin! There is much to talk about together in this book from the rich illustrations to which one is Max's favorite monster friend. And why do you think Max decides to return home?

Join Max on a night time adventure you'll never forget!

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Jun 09, 2018

Its pretty good, except that Max doesn't get supper

Nov 03, 2017

I don't get the hype! My son was so bored with the book, the pictures. As a whole, a bland story, and I didn't like that he had to go to bed without supper.

parkslope53 Jan 28, 2017

Review: A very good book. I especially recommend it to younger children not only because it is a children's book but, because Max's angry feelings toward his mother is something all young children go through. The pictures are also very well drawn and the monsters are very convincing.

Dec 01, 2016

I'm not a big fan. The beatnik writing style is cool, but not my favorite to read.

vpl_childrens Aug 02, 2016

When Max is sent to his room without supper, he visits the land of Wild Things only to learn that being wild may not be what he wanted after all.

Jun 30, 2016

Now, this is a classic book that kept me entertained as a young child during bed time on many nights. The story while a child's bedtime story is something that people of all ages can learn from, simply because of the powerful meaning behind it all and the fact that at the end of the day. Your family is the most important thing in the world. It took me a long time to understand that about this story, but that's what I’ve taken from it, and to everyone there own. However, this is a must read story which all parents should share with their kids, as it's great for a bedtime read and the meaning behind it will one day mean something to them. At the end of the day it's a story which you can take something important from no matter your age.
- @Kuhaica of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Where the Wild Things Are is a masterpiece of children's literature, bringing in elements of reality and fantasy. Where the Wild Things Are is based on a young child named Max that has a vivid imagination. He dresses up as a wolf and chases his dog with a fork around the house and threatens his mother, until he is put to bed by his mother and given no dinner. At this point Max's imagination runs wild as he meets the wild things and then some wild adventures unfold! This book is wonderful for children as it will teach then how to be adventurous and behave at the same time. It's definitely a great recommendation for young children.
- @TheCollector of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 29, 2016

I read this book as an adult because I did not read it as a child. I do not get the hype surrounding it, where many people consider it one of the best picture books of all time. I enjoyed the illustrations, I just thought that there would be more too it. I am sure I would have enjoyed it much more as a child.

May 26, 2016

I don't get the hype. Bad grammar. The end.

Dec 22, 2015

I remember having this book read to the class in grade 2 and not enjoying it. I was actually surprised when they made a movie based on it. Then, I re-read it as an adult. I realized then that even at 7 I had no patience for flights of fancy. The book was too unrealistic for me at that age, I must have been a staunch realist. How did he sail for so long yet his dinner was still warm?! Also, as a kid I l remember thinking that there were altogether too many pictures and not enough words to this story. For the record, I still did not particularly enjoy the story but have come to appreciate the illustrations. I've also taken more of a fancy to fantasy and have been known on occasion to enjoy them.

Sep 25, 2015

I like going back to things, that I loved when I was Y ounger, and, although I'm old enough to have children, and, grandchildrenL(GASP!) I still like ret urning to the old hoods of My Youth! Where the Wild Tings are, brought Me back to MY Y outh, and, I feel it could just have th4e same effect on You, unless You're an unrepentant old Sinner, like Scrooge(another Favorite of Mine!)!

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Jun 29, 2016

A young boy dresses up as a wolf to cause mischief, his mother sends him to bed without dinner. He dreams of going on an adventure with the wild things.


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PimaLib_BeccaB May 07, 2015

"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!"


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