Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. A must for every child's bookshelf. This iconic story has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. When Max dresses in his wolf suit and causes havoc in the house, his mother sends him to bed. From there, Max sets sail to an island inhabited by the Wild Things, who name him king and share a wild rumpus with him. But then from far away across the world, Max smells good things to eat... Mary Pols of Time magazine wrote that "what makes Sendak's book so compelling is its grounding effect: Max has a tantrum and in a flight of fancy visits his wild side, but he is pulled back by a belief in parental love to a supper 'still hot." Generations have shared this beautiful picture book, and children of all ages will want to return to it again and again.


This is a fun-to-read story. It's a gentle and memorable example of the balance of discipline and love that is needed in parenting imaginative children who might be "wild things" sometimes.


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Harper Collins Timeline: 1963

Excerpt: "Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is published. It is awarded the 1964 Caldecott Medal. This helps mark a moment in modern children’s literature when, for the first time, “books for kids” address the poignancy and complexity of parent/child relationships head on. Where the Wild Things Are goes on to sell more than 19 million copies worldwide." Read More

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Book Review: Where the Wild Things Are

Excerpt: "Sendak's colored pen and ink illustrations in muted colors are both humorous and sometimes a little scary, reflecting both Max's imagination and his anger. The theme, conflict, and characters are ones with which readers of all ages can identify, and is a book that children will enjoy hearing again and again." Read More

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