Where the Wild Things Are is one of the true children's classic picture books. It has been around so many years and the adventures shared by many generations. When I look back to my own childhood, I honestly do not ever remember reading this book or having it read to me. It seems that my first discovery of the book happened in my early twenties when I worked in a bookstore. People kept asking me where to find this book that I finally felt that I should check it out for myself.
One way to determine its greatness is the high honor of receiving the Caldecott Medal in 1964! In my opinion, the artwork is absolutely superb!! You truly get wrapped up in Max's adventures where he "sailed off through night and day / and in and out of weeks / and almost over a year / to where the wild things are." The depiction of the wild things is child-like, but complex. The artistry is detailed and simply amazing! I can literally sit down with the book myself for hours just examining each of the pictures! And, the commentary . . . doesn't it sound like a child narrating? Sendak really has nailed this one!!
Susan over at Booklights recently shared a different perspective on the artwork of the book . . . the design . . . the way the pictures start out small and grow before our eyes. It's funny . . . I never even realized the format that she discusses!! BUT, I felt the effects!! I always feel that I just fall into the story every time I read it, creating a "wild rumpus" of my own.
Warner Brothers has now made the book into a movie (click here for the official movie site) that is set to be released October 16th. I personally have mixed feelings about this! I'm worried that the movie will not do Sendak's vision justice. I wonder if my interpretation of the wild rumpus will be what is portrayed on the big screen. BUT, you have to admit . . . the cinematography does look pretty cool!!
All in all, this is one my all-time favorite children's books! I can now say that I own my very own copy that I enjoy sharing with my own kids. And, it is not uncommon for us to bring the "wild rumpus" to life!!
Have you shared this book with a new generation? Are you looking forward to the release of the movie?
Movie poster courtesy of Wikipedia entry on Where the Wild Things Are
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