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Where the Wild Things Are

By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback
Other Information: Full colour
Published In: United Kingdom, 04 May 2000
One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus begins. But when Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely and realises it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all.

About the Author

Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began by illustrating other authors' books for children, but the first book that he both wrote and illustrated was Kenny's Window, published in 1956. In his lifetime, he illustrated over 80 books, and received many awards, including the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he was the first American to win the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator's Medal. He passed away in May 2012.

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Sendak's much-loved favourite, a best-seller and an acknowledged classic of twentieth-century children's picture books.


"Sendak is the daddy of them all when it comes to picture books - the words, the rhythm and the design are all wonderful." S Magazine, Sunday Express "The key to Sendak's success and to the continuing hipness of his book, is that it's hero is not a good child ... the book is, in fact, extraordinarily childcentric, a book written for and about terrible infants, the kind of terrible infants that most children really are and that all adults remain for much of the time" -- David Baddiel The Times "This is my never-fail picture book. The text is very short, but utterly perfect, the illustrations are tremendous" -- Jacqueline Wilson "Gripping, ingenious and uplifting ... a shrewd, fierce, healing book" -- Boyd Tonkin Independent "A timeless masterpiece. The illustrations, the fabulous monsters, the beautiful cross-hatching, and the surreal, dreamlike narrative beckons the reader to join the adventure. The themes are perfect for inspiring discussion on confronting life's scary things, mastering your fears and being brave, letting off steam, saying goodbye, and the comfort of returning home safe and sound" Child Education

EAN: 9780099408390
ISBN: 0099408392
Publisher: Red Fox
Dimensions: 22.1 x 25.15 x 0.51 centimetres (0.12 kg)
Age Range: 2-4 years
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3 of 5 Stars! '

I quite vividly remember this book from my childhood - however my husband did not, so I had great fun introducing it to him! There are not a lot of words, but the pictures say most of it and leave room for improvising/noise making/imagination.

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5 of 5 Stars! '

This is a truly wonderful childrens book. There aren't many words in this story but it still portrays the feelings and the imagine of a young boy. This is a favourite in our house.

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5 of 5 Stars! '

This was my all-time favourite book as a small child and hopefully I'll be sharing it with my son soon. Children love being a little bit scared and Sendak's great characters balance the frightening (and they ARE a bit creey looking!) with the reassuring messages of the book.
It's a great read, even after all this time. A must have for a child's book shelf!

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4 of 5 Stars! '

What can I say? An all time classic that depicts all our kids at some time or another. Their willfulness and disobedience and desire to be somewhere else, only to find that rules and a mother's love is what we need.


4 of 5 Stars! '

A classic children's book that is now being made into a movie. Really well drawn by the author, and quite fascinating to see what goes on in this little boy's dreams. Probably better for older children, but very vivid and entertaining. Max embodies what most little boys think about monsters, but the monsters do turn out to be quite nice.


5 of 5 Stars! '

excellent story, a classic but aussie post bent the package


5 of 5 Stars! '

This was one of my favourite books as a child, and it still is. The story of Max and the wild things always intrigued me (while frightening me at the same time) and now that I am older I intend to read it to my children - its just one of those classics that everyone should hear during their life ;)


4 of 5 Stars! '

This is a great book for children. It was one of my favourites when I was littler. It is fill of imagination and is a great read for little children. Every one will have to love this book.


5 of 5 Stars! '

I love, love, love this book!! It was a favourite as a child and now as a kindergarten teacher, I love reading it to my class. It is such an easy book to read and involve my class in with actions and growling. As a mother of two sons, it is also a favourite in my home. My two year old love copying his older brother growling and when it comes to rolling their eyes, we all end up in fits of laughter. I would recommend this book.


5 of 5 Stars! '

this is one of my best remembered childhood books. great illistrations good story line about a boy called max who gets sent to his room wth out supper, when his imagination runs wild where he sails a boat to where the wild things are to become king. great top book for any youngster.

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