By Maurice Sendak
Children have loved Where the Wild Things Are for more than 50 years. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal as the “Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year”, Max and his troop of Wild Things are still as relevant to children and their ability to deal with angry emotions as they were when first published in 1963.
Maurice Sendak brilliantly captured Max’s meltdown, imaginative journey to the land of Wild Things, and the loneliness of remorse in both text and illustration. The colored pen and ink illustrations not only complement the story, completely transport the reader through Max’s mix of emotions, treacherous ocean voyage, wild rumpus with enchanting monsters. and the reassuring return to warm soup and unconditional love.
Wild Rumpus activities coming up this week:
- Young readers can rule their own Wild Things while wearing a Crown of Shapes.
- A recipe straight out of Max's imagination, green Monster Mash-ed Potatoes would entice any dreamer back from Where the Wild Things Are.
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