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Where the Wild Things Are...and 5 More Stories by Maurice Sendak (Scholastic Storybook Treasures)


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  • Actors: Animation
  • Directors: Maurice Sendak
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016OKR70
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Collect the entire library of Scholastic Storybook Treasures and read along on screen with your favorite classic children's stories, brought vividly to life on DVD.

*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

Customer Reviews

Some of the stories were made into very catchy songs...
Marcelle Suarez
He's 12 years old now and still loves sharing it with all his friends.
Fawn
My kids absolutely love this story and its just like the book.
zolar76

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Judith on January 18, 2009
This DVD contains a collection of the best of the Maurice Sendak children's books. The subtitles come on automatically so the child can read or SING along, but you can turn them off if you prefer, of course.

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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By notlara on November 9, 2009
Bought this as part of a box set of Scholastic DVDs. This is one of our daughter's favourites (aged 3). As much as she enjoys Dora and Yo Gabba Gabba as much as the next kid, she loves singing/songs in anything. Yet because of the less-than-colourful images and simple animation style, even I was a little suprised at just how much she enjoys this one.

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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BringData on November 9, 2009
My family has had this product for about 20 yrs, since it was on VHS tape! The songs are awesome, the animation is wonderful, Carole King is awesome. We still love these songs! Your kids will enjoy it too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By countrygal47 on April 12, 2010
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I was surprised when we watched the DVD I purchased of Where the Wild Things are...and 5 More Stories by Maurice Sendak for my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter. My first surprise was that it was from 1970! The second surprise was that the music was sung by Carole King! I thought this was pretty dated and was all set for disappointment but my third and biggest surprise was how much my granddaughter enjoyed it and asked for it to be played over and over. I was afraid to buy her the new theatrical version of the story and settled for this one. I know now I made the right choice. It is wonderful and I know she will enjoy it time and time again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Wolfarth on February 14, 2011
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Excellent video! Our daughter has autism but loves the music combined with the stories she reads and loves. Seeing them come to life made her so happy. Both children love Where the Wild Things Are as well as the added storys/music and especially There Onces was a boy named Peirre by Carol King sung with the story. Now they sing the songs all of the time. I am so glad to have found this still available as the new movie version was too scary for our daughter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allison on March 6, 2012
This DVD contains the following stories (all by Maurice Sendak):

Where the Wild Things Are
In the Night Kitchen
Pierre
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.
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