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Where the Wild Things Are Paperback – Illustrated, January 1, 1984

4.8 out of 5 stars 9,829 ratings

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Where the Wild Things Are is one of those truly rare books that can be enjoyed equally by a child and 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 and 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, and each turn of the page brings the discovery of a new wonder.

The wild things--with their mismatched parts and 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 and a child's imagination.

This Sendak classic is more fun than you've ever had in a wolf suit, and it manages to reaffirm the notion that there's no place like home.

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“The clearer reproductions of the original art are vibrant and luminous.” (The Horn Book)

“Each word has been carefully chosen and the simplicity of the language is quite deceptive.” (School Library Journal)

“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)

Product details

  • Lexile Measure : AD740L
  • Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
  • Paperback : 48 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0064431781
  • ISBN-10 : 9780064431781
  • Product Dimensions : 9 x 0.25 x 10 inches
  • Publisher : HarperCollins; Reprint Edition (January 1, 1984)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 0064431789
  • Reading level : 4 - 8 years
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 9,829 ratings