Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Category: action and adventurechildren's fiction, classics, fantasy and magic
Publisher: Bodley Head
Ages: 4 - 7
Release Date: 1975
My Rating: 4-stars


1964 Caldecott Medal winner

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.


I love Where the Wild Things Are. When I was a child I would beg my parents to read it to me every night. It spoke of adventure and all things exciting. Decades later I still think of it fondly. Honestly though, the movie just ruined it for me.

a few of the many books by Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak

In addition to Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak's books include Kenny's WindowVery Far AwayThe Sign on Rosie's DoorNutshell Library (consisting of Chicken Soup with RiceAlligators All AroundOne Was Johnny, and Pierre), Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to LifeIn the Night KitchenOutside Over ThereWe Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy, and Bumble-Ardy.

He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.