Where the Wild Things are

Where the Wild Things are

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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...

Let the wild rumpus continue as this classic comes to life like never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak's artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art.

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.

New York Public Library's #4 book on the list of Top Check Outs of All TimeOne of the National Education Association's Teachers' Top 100 Books for ChildrenThe top picture book in School Library Journal's survey of its readers



Maurice Sendak was also the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and Nutshell Library.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 229 x 254 x 6.35mm | 181g
  • Harper Trophy (imprint of HarperCollins Children's Book Group, Div of HarperCollins US)
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Anniversary
  • colour illustrations
  • 0064431789
  • 9780064431781
  • 4,460

Flap copy

Fiftieth Anniversary Edition

Winner of the Caldecott Medal

--SLJ.
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Back cover copy

Fiftieth Anniversary Edition

Winner of the Caldecott Medal
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Review Text

"The clearer reproductions of the original art are vibrant and luminous." H.
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Review quote

"A timeless classic that continues to win over the hearts of children. The simple, rhythmic text and expressive illustrations are just as appealing today as they were when I was a child." 10 Must-Have Books for 2-Year-Olds--Brightly
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About Maurice Sendak

Sendak, Maurice

Maurice Sendak's children's books have sold over 30 million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are and is the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and Nutshell Library. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, in 1983 he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, and in 1996 he received a National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, Sendak received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an annual international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.
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Rating details

834,124 ratings
4.22 out of 5 stars
5 53% (443,922)
4 25% (210,772)
3 14% (118,735)
2 4% (37,140)
1 3% (23,555)

Our customer reviews

Francine In defense of this book it was written in 1963 so things were a bit different back then. If anything, this book has become somewhat of a collectors item and one that's been around for a couple generations. I remember borrowing this book 30 years ago from my kindergarten library so I would want my kids to have and read their copy sitting on their bookshelf.show more
by Stephen Doric
Am I the only person in the world who doesn't love this book? I find it difficult to read (so little text) and not terribly good at provoking my kids imaginations. The pictures are interesting... first time around... but little to talk about after a few reads. I am very disappointed with this book, but from other reviews I know that many people love it.show more
by Francine
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