A timeless classic – A rip-roaring fantasy adventure that lets the imagination sing
When Max puts on hiswolf suit and makes mischief, his mother calls him ‘Wild Thing’ and sends him to bedwithout any supper. But Max is not scared. Instead,Max tames the wild things and is made their king. When things have gone far enough, Max sends the wild things off to bed without theirsupper and returns to the safety of his bedroom. Alone in his room, Max enters amagical world and sets sail across the sea to the placewhere the wild things are. The wild things roar theirterrible roars and gnash their terrible teeth and roll theirterrible eyes and show their terrible claws . . .
Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began by illustrating other authors' books for children, but the first book that he both wrote and illustrated was Kenny's Window, published in 1956. Since then he has illustrated over 80 books, and has won many awards, including the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he was the first American to win the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator's Medal. In 1978 the University of Boston made him Doctor of Humane Letters and in 1983 he won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for a 'substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children over a period of years'.
The key to Sendak's success, and to the continuing hipness of his book, is that it's hero is not a good child... the book is, in fact, extraordinarily childcentric, a book written for and about terrible infants, the kind of terrible infants that most children really are and that all adults remain for much of the time.,This is my never-fail picture book. The text is very short, but utterly perfect, the illustrations are tremendous.,'Gripping, ingenious and uplifting...a shrewd, fierce, healing book.',Named by Jacqueline Wilson as her all-time favourite picture book to read aloud,Part of an acitivity on reading skills and new experiences,It's a hilarious read that inspires children to play as imaginatively as Max, banished to his room, discovers a forest full of 'wild things' waiting to be explored.,'Simply the finest picture book ever - a perfect marriage of words and pictures. This book influenced every picture book that came after it and has never been bettered.',A visually stunning book about confronting your fears.,An almost-perfect picture book stuffed with mischief, magic and meaning.,Has a haunting depth that makes bedtime reading thrilling, a little scary, but also empowering.,The illustrations work brilliantly to bring the story to life and this is a great book to read with a younger child, or for an early reader to try on their own.,finalist - coventry inspiration book awards. (our special favourites)