Book Of The Week: Where The Wild Things Are

Sadly Maurice Sendak passed away last Tuesday due to complications from a recent stroke…..He was 83…. Sendak wrote and illustrated dozens of children’s books, which earned plenty of recognition, and he won the prestigious Caldecott Medal, the Hans Christian Andersen medal for illustration and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal. In 1996, President Clinton awarded him a National Medal of the Arts for his work. His characters were often difficult and bossy, but always a pleasure to read about. He was best known for this book, Where the Wild Things Are………

This was one of the first books I read as a child. I remember thinking that the world is not as scary as it might seem and that there were a lot of things to explore!!! It made me realize what my imagination is capable of!!!

The book told the story of Max, a naughty boy who rages at his mother and is sent to his room without supper…..As a result, Max decides to run away to a land where he can express his wild side:

And he sailed off through night and day

and in and out of weeks

and almost over a year

to where the wild things are.

There, Max leads the creatures in a frenzied rumpus …..however, he soon grows tired of the chaos and decides he “wanted to be where someone loved him best of all,” so he returns home where he finds his supper waiting!!!

Sendak’s ability to capture both the bittersweet difficulty of young children and the warmth and loving care of parents made Where the Wild Things Are a bedtime favorite for millions of children.

R.I.P Mr. Sendak.
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2 thoughts on “Book Of The Week: Where The Wild Things Are

  1. Loved that book! You’re right when u said: “i remember thinking that the world is not as scary as it might seem and that there were a lot things to explore!!! It made me realize what my imagination is capable of!!!”
    That’s what it made me believe too 🙂
    RIP Mr.Sendak

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