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Where the Wild Things Are Paperback – December 26, 2012
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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.
“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)
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that alone rates it 5 stars for me.
It's a classic that still holds up 40-50 years later.
The pictures are cool and interesting enough to hold a young mind's attention, until they get all the words.
That's what did it for me anyway,
it's still one of my favorites.
As a child, the illustrations were magical. I had never seen anything like it and I still remember the feeling. Fast forward 40+ years and the world is a much more colorful place. The graphics may not seem as groundbreaking today. But, they are still magical. I have seen 1-star reviews of this book and I am shocked. It's like giving A Christmas Carol or The Sneetches a 1-star review. Everyone, of course, has the right to their opinion. I can't help thinking they just don't get it. Maybe they don't read very much?
Buy this book!!! Share the magic with your children and grandchildren. Someday, they too, might be able to recite the whole book word for word ... to their children.