I didn t realize this was The Odyssey for so long. It seems so obvious now It s the Cyclops part Polyphemus.Which makes Max s mom a stand in for Penelope, keeping his dinner hot for him as he sails in and out of weeks and almost over a year, and that s a little weird but there s always something a little weird about Maurice Sendak, isn t there Have you read In the Night Kitchen It s fuckin weird, man None of this knocks Where the Wild Things Are any lower on the list of Great Children s Literature, where it is 1.It s everything, right The way Sendak writes everything is a little effortlessly different He starts in media res, The night Max wore his wolf suit I like to evolve the way I say wild things in the beginning I put the emphasis like wild Things, and then I switch it up to the Hendrixian Wild things as we build to this And now, cried Max, let the wild rumpus start Which honestly, can you think of a better sentence in all of literature I m being serious I can t This is my favorite one.You ever notice how the pictures get bigger Max making mischief of one kind and another is just a little picture on the page, but by the time the wild rumpus gets going it s full page spreads, there s not even room for any words And those creatures You ve probably heard how Sendak modeled them on his family Look how awesome they are Which one is your favorite I like the hippie in the back.And of course it s great because, like the best children s books, it takes children seriously Max is being an asshole Dude chased the dog with a fork, what the fuck His mother punishes him and he learns zero lessons, he just plays in his room until she gives in That s a plot a kid can dig Children can tell when a book is written for them and when it s written at them This is for children It has magic in it, and so do they. I have read the story of Max about 1,000,000 times and my kids love it too The illustrations are magical and the text is beyond wonderful It is one of the most fun and rewarding books for a parent to read to a kid lots of fun making dancing sounds and monster sounds and features joyful plot A must 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 AreMax 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 and now, max cried, let the wild rumpus starti babysat the other night and, i swear, i read this book at least 30 times within a 4 hour time span kids, eh i never read this story as a child and i cant help but feel like i missed out on something special.but luckily, this is one of those timeless classics that still has something for everyone, no matter the age.this story is for everyone who yearns for wild adventure, for the lovers and attendees of every wild rumpus, for each person who wildly believes in magic, and for those who are wild at heart.this story is for the wild things in all of us 3.5 stars Please visit our blog www.twogalsandabook.com for this review and others I can still remember reading this for the first time in my grade school library The pictures and illustrations can be a little scary at times, but they still remain incredible to me I love children s books that are adventurous and take you places This is one of them.5 I loved this so much, I begged to star in it in an elementary school play I won the lead role but had to share it with another classmate as we were doing 8 performances and couldn t be out of classes for rehearsals that often I got to be rowdy even though I was the quietest child possible And who doesn t love to act like an animal, parade through the jungle and revisit their roots But what do we love even our family and those who love us Sometimes we can be too much and need to done it down And that s the lesson this little one teaches usAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators. It is often difficult to review a book that was and still is one of my favorite all time picture books I adore everything about Maurice Sendak s Where the Wild Things Are, from the brilliant text to the expressive accompanying illustrations And I also with all my heart appreciate the message the author promotes here, a message of unconditional love, a message that even if one misbehaves, there will be supper waiting on the table Max does get sent to his room, but no matter how much he has misbehaved, his mother will always love him and cherish him Of course, that particular message is only one of many As essential as the concept of universal love is the philosophy, is the attitude that children s emotions and tantrums are to be taken seriously and not ever simply dismissed Max might be seen and chastised as a wild thing by his mother, but his emotions, his actions are described as an integral part of his being, maybe not quite appropriate, but also not completely inappropriate, rather as a living, breathing part of Max s being And it is these emotions, these feelings that are the impetus to Max s adventures in the realm of the Wild Things However, once Max s emotions have been allowed and have flourished to the maximum, he retreats from the realm of the Wild Things and is happy to return home to his room, his waiting supper and his mother s love.I guess I should really mention that one of my recent rereads of Where the Wild Things Are in 2011 for the Picture Book Club in the Children s Literature Group was the first time I had actually read this book in English Prior to 2011, I had only ever read it in German translation, and I have to admit that I actually like the translated German version somewhat better than the original English For those who know me, this is quite a contrary attitude, as I am as a rule very much in favour of original texts and keeping any translated narratives as close to the original as possible In this particular case, I think that I appreciate the German translation because it is the narrative that I had repeatedly read to me when I was a child, that I later read for myself and in 2005 read to my young nieces The German translation of Where the Wild Things Are therefore has a nostalgic hold on me that the Maurice Sendak s original text, no matter how ingenious, not matter that it is the master, the primordial, will simply never have and for me, the ultimate version of this book will always, always be the German translation, Wo Die Wilden Kerle Wohnen. My copy of this book is nearly fifty years old It was read to me when I was tiny and I read it to my children when they were small.When we lived in the States I discovered the play figures in a bargain bin in a toy store and bought them for my kids too This guy was always my favourite He looks as if he s up to no good.There are several key elements to the book s power.1 The artwork is special.2 It shows, graphically the power of imagination That very night in Max s room a forest grew and grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around 3 It undermines the fear of monsters without taking away the wonder.4 Even when you re bad, your mother loves you.I can t see this book going out of print It s timeless.Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes.. This book is crap, and let me tell you why The kid is a jerk and is sent to his room without supper He proceeds to go to some magical place where these monsters live and he bosses them around and is mean to them Then he gets back homehaving not learned that being a mean jerk is wrongand there on his table in his room is dinnerand it s still warm What s the lesson here exactly Hate the book. Mom Mom Mo om Mom MOM My mom whips around WHAT CanIgetabook What Can I get a book How much is it 8.50 What is it I brandish a copy of Where The Wild Things Are from behind my back Don t you already have that Nuh uh Aren t you a little old for a book like that I pout But Mo om Okay, she sighs Put it in the cart ten minutes later My mom leaves the car to go put the cart back.I look around suspiciously, making sure the coast is clear.I lean over the back seat and start digging through the bags.Finding the book, I crawl back into the front seat with it.My mom returns Couldn t you wait until we got home Nope I m turning the first pages, reading everything slowly.My mom starts the car Sometimes I can t tell if I have a twenty four or a four year old daughter I m still immersed in the book At least I no longer pull up my skirt in the grocery aisle and show everyone my Barbie underwear I certainly hope not I grin mischievously.