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Where the Wild Things Are Hardcover – December 26, 2012
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“The clearer reproductions of the original art are vibrant and luminous.” (H.)
“Each word has been carefully chosen and the simplicity of the language is quite deceptive.” (SLJ.)
“A timeless classic that continues to win over the hearts of children. The simple, rhythmic text and expressive illustrations are just as appealing today as they were when I was a child.” 10 Must-Have Books for 2-Year-Olds (Brightly)
From the Back Cover
Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
Where the Wild Things Are
Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year
The original pictures have never before been as faithfully reproduced as they are in this new edition. Maurice Sendak enthusiastically approved this remastered rendition of his art.
In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's Window, Very Far Away, The Sign on Rosie's Door, Nutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around, One Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.
He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the fi rst Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.
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As a young boy I remember loving this book, and so since my daughter has this newfound adoration for books I decided to buy her a copy.
She LOVES it.
The great thing about `Where the Wild Things Are' is that it is written at the right level to engage them without over stimulating them. There are few words, and they are strung along across quite a few pages with some big illustrations. You don't have to linger on one particular page for too long, which is good because after a while of staring at the same picture my daughter starts to turn the pages for me. The illustrations are wonderfully done; the monsters (wild things) are goofy enough so as not to frighten the child (I read this to my daughter before bed every night, so I guess there's further proof). The illustrations, especially on the pages without words, are great ways to get your children involved in reading as well. There are a few pages in the center of the book that show Max and the Wild Things dancing and howling and swinging from the trees. It's at this point where I get my daughter to dance in the living room or howl at the ceiling. She loves it, and watching her get so excited over a book is such a genuine joy. Another thing I really like about the wording is that it has a very nice, poetic flow to it. It almost encourages a smooth tone in your voice. It's written in such an easy way that it sounds almost comforting.
And of course it teaches children that no matter what, they are always loved.
I completely recommend this book. It was a highlight of my childhood, and now it's a highlight for my little angel. I'm positive that you too will enjoy this book as a family. Another selling point is that they are currently filming the movie adaptation to this book, so getting your children interested in this now will only heighten their joy for the film when it is released. I'm hoping by then my daughter will be just as stoked as I am.