Thursday, December 17, 2020

Review of "Where The Wild Things Are," by Maurice Sendak

 Review of

Where The Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak ISBN 0064431789

Five out of five stars

Short on text, long on imagination

 While there is not a lot of text in this book, it is more than made up for with a lot of imagination. Max is a boy wearing a wolf suit and that evening he has been particularly difficult. So bad that he is sent to bed without his supper. His reaction is to “leave” his bed and travel over the ocean to a place where there are many wild creatures.

 They have horns, sharp claws and fierce expressions. Yet, they enjoy playing so they join Max in howling at the moon, hanging from trees and generally doing playful monster things. However, despite the fun they have with monsters, little boys enjoy being with other people. Therefore, when Max smells something good, he says goodbye to his monster friends, and sails back to his home. When he arrives, he discovers his supper in his room. Furthermore, despite the extent of his adventures, it is still hot.

 The charm of this book is the dilemma that a naughty, yet imaginative child has to cope with. For no matter where he can go in the virtual sense, there is no place like home with a hot meal.

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