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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Publishers Summary: Where the Wild Things Are is one of those truly rare books that can be enjoyed equally by a child & a grown-up. If you disagree, then it’s been too long since you’ve attended a wild rumpus. Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief & gets sent to bed without supper. Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired. Sendak’s color illustrations, perhaps his finest, are beautiful. Each turn of the page brings the discovery of a new wonder.
The wild things–with mismatched parts & giant eyes–manage somehow to be scary-looking without ever really being scary; at times they’re downright hilarious. Sendak’s defiantly run-on sentences–one of his trademarks–lend the perfect touch of stream of consciousness to the tale, which floats between the land of dreams & a child’s imagination.
This Sendak classic is more fun than you’ve ever had in a wolf’s suit, giggle-stiflingly funny at times, & even manages to reaffirm the notion that there’s no place like home.

This award winning picture book was a favorite of mine as a child, as I’m sure many of you can relate to, but did you know that it was initially banned in numerous libraries across the country? Yep, according to the author, Maurice Sendak, the book received many negative reviews and was banned in multiple libraries for the first two years of it’s publication. Shocking, right?! But I guess back in 1963 when it was initially published it was perhaps a bit ahead of it’s time. Thankfully the critics finally took notice and it eventually won numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal in 1964 and becoming an ALA Notable Book as well.

Now, having said all of that you may agree with the original critics after seeing these two videos with Stephen Colbert and Maurice Sendak himself. Honestly, these videos had me in stitches, but be aware I’m not sure I’d watch them with my kiddos around. Enjoy!

Don’t the videos make you wonder how they ever got him to agree to make the movie?

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5 Responses to The Year of the Picture Book – Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

  1. The Year of the Picture Book – Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak:
    Where the Wild Things Are b… #kidlit

  2. I’m one of those rare folks that doesn’t dig this one.
    My husband loves it but to me, the kid is a little poo poo head.

  3. PragmaticMom says:

    I am shocked that it was banned. Was it banned even during the year it won the Caldecott?! Makes me appreciate Banned Book week more and more!

    • It was actually banned during it’s initial year in print and then won the Caldecott the following year. Seems kind of interesting, the circumstances and all, but at least it was recognized eventually. 🙂

  4. carol says:

    One of my favorites. I did not like the movie at all though.

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