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Where the Wild Things Are...and 5 More Stories by Maurice Sendak (Scholastic Storybook Treasures)
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*All stories written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak*
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (Music and Narration by Peter Schickele) When Max is sent to bed without supper, he sails off to a world inhabited with weird creatures. He becomes king of all wild things--until he misses his real home.
IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN (Music and Narration by Peter Schickele) Mickey is awakened by noise in the night. Who s in the night kitchen making all that clatter?
THE NUTSHELL KIDS - From the Nutshell Library, Songs Performed by Carole King: ALLIGATOR S ALL AROUND--Alligators dance and sing through the alphabet in a jamboree from A to Z. PIERRE--Pierre doesn t care about anything until he meets a hungry lion who changes everything. ONE WAS JOHNNY--Counting forwards and backwards has never been so much fun with Johnny and his uninvited house guests. CHICKEN SOUP WITH RICE--Chicken soup with rice can be enjoyed around the world all year long. Learning the months of the year has never been so delicious!
DVD Features: Getting to Know Maurice Sendak; Spanish Version of Where the Wild Things Are; French Version of Where the Wild Things Are
Top Customer Reviews
First is Where the Wild Things Are, a story of a boy having a dream about friendly monsters after being sent to his room for punishment. The illustrations are bold and the reading and accompanying sound and music add to the story. Next is In the Night Kitchen, which is read and sung. The tune is very catchy. One note, this is also a dream story. As the boy, Mickey, dreams he is falling his pajamas fall off. The nudity is not graphic, but you could skip that story if it bothers you. The rest of the stories are from the Nutshell books, which Carole King put to music for her project Really Rosie. These tunes are absolutely wonderful. Your children will sing along and sing them other times, too. Chicken Soup With Rice seems to be the favorite of my little library patrons. They will sing it any time they spot the book. And, these are good songs that adults enjoy as well, not cloyingly obnoxious kiddie songs that will fray your nerves. The Nutshell books are Chicken Soup With Rice, Pierre, One Was Johnny, and Alligators All Around.
This DVD is definitely on my "must have" list for my library's DVD collection in our children's room.
I do agree with other reviewers that this is not your average kids' fare and many may not take to it. However we aren't likely to take our 3 year old to see the new Spike Jonze movie (though I am very tempted and she is very interested), so this version is as close as she'll get for some time (until we parents can vet it on DVD later on). The 'Where the Wild Things Are' is straight from the book, like it has come to life. She really enjoys it - asks to see it regularly. Nothing overly frightening, safe to watch right before bedtime.
I didn't know the other stories at all before seeing them on this DVD. The Nutshell Kids segment is lots of fun (probably her favourite really) with short songs/stories (good for short attention spans!) on simple themes. 'A is for Alligator' goes through the alphabet with an alliteration of rather unconventional word choices (fun). Daughter requested that she have 'Chicken Soup with Rice' for dinner after seeing this. Now my husband found the Carole King songs (album named 'Really Rosie') and loaded them on our iPods. We are learning the words so we can all sing along in the car.
So if your intended audience likes 'Where the Wild Things Are' but isn't really of age to see the new movie, this could be the way to go. Also if they love music and singing, this could be a hit with yours as much as it is with ours for the other content.
Where the Wild Things Are
In the Night Kitchen
One Was Johnny
Chicken Soup with Rice
Alligators All Around
I'm a music teacher, and I buy these DVDs for my class. Primarily, I look for stories that my students can sing along with. Secondarily, I look for stories that teach anything about music, or stories involving music in some way. What attracted me to this DVD was the first 2 stories being narrated by Peter Schickele (aka PDQ Bach), and that the last 4 stories were all sung by Carole King. Those names should date these stories for you; the audio (and visual) quality of the Carole King stories is not stellar, but you can still understand it.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is a classic. This version of the story doesn't disappoint. There's no singing, but Peter Schickele, in addition to narrating, orchestrated this story with a chamber ensemble. The story goes by pretty quickly, but it's entertaining throughout.
IN THE NIGHT KITCHEN: I don't quite know what to say about this story. I think the best description is "acid trip". In this story, Mickey, a little boy, hears noises in the kitchen at night and drifts out of bed and discovers what the racket its. Throughout the story, Mickey is naked, and at several brief points it shows his privates (front and back) - it's all very innocent. What Mickey discovers in the kitchen is three humongous bakers, all with t he face of Oliver Hardy (of Laurel and Hardy - complete with his iconic mustache), who try to bake him in a cake. Mickey escapes, and flies around in a bread dough airplane, until he is able to supply the bakers with what they REALLY need for their cake: milk.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My children loved this book and now my grandchildren are having the pleasure of sharing it with their children. Read morePublished 10 days ago by kitty cosme
This is just way too disturbing for kids. My almost 4 year old daughter has been crying for hours about the image of Mickey being stirred into the batter. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Mom of 2
This was a favorite of mine as a kid, and it's an equally huge hit with my daughter, who now sings the Chicken Soup with Rice song day in and day out. So much fun!Published 2 months ago by MaineMama
Excellent children's entertainment. animated storybooks. Not a movie.Published 2 months ago by Tamara K. Thom
My kids had this when they were growing up and just loved it! Now my grandkids watch it and love it! The stories are very creative, and the songs are great. Read morePublished 4 months ago by T. Marsh