Pages 31-32 of Where the Wild Things Are

Close to the Source: Wild Things!

Posted by on April 1, 2014.

There are hundreds of thousands of children’s books in circulation, but a few stand out because their authors’ signature illustrations and plot lines are elevated to masterpieces. Writers like Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss are household names due to their clever and whimsical tales that have captured the imaginations of small children everywhere. To become a part of this prestigious category of literature is rare, and when you do make it, your name will never be forgotten.

 

One particular writer is famous for a book that is unforgettable. A book that has penetrated the imaginations of children everywhere, and an author who continues to be a model for aspiring writers everywhere. Maurice Sendak.

 

Sendak is most known for his fantastically whimsical book, Where The Wild Things Are. Almost every child I know has had the privilege of reading about the small boy Max going to bed without supper and becoming the king of the Wild Things. My mother loved reading this book to me — it was her favorite growing up. She would bring to life Sendak’s words, pointing at the yellow eyes and terrible, gnashing fangs of the Wild Things. After reading, I would dream of being in my own wolf suit, running around with the creatures in my dreams, sailing on my own private boat.

 

Sendak was able to capture the spirit of a child’s creative mind and put it onto paper. His timeless tale has never lost its magic. It was made into a movie in 2009 and has sold over 19 million copies worldwide. The topics covered in the book, like a child’s imagination, parent and child relationships, and the inner workings of the mind are relatable to anyone who flips through its pages. It is believed to be the most beloved children’s book of all time, considering its various awards, including the 1964 Caldecott Medal Winner for the Most Distinguished Picture book of the Year.

 

No matter if you’ve reveled in Sendak’s charming, imaginative story once or a thousand times, read this book with your child tonight — and start your own wild rumpus.

 

(To continue the rumpus, here are some great ideas for bringing Where The Wild Things Are to life through related literacy activities we found on Pinterest.)

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