Where the Wild Things Are isn’t likely to ever go out of style. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal, Maurice Sendak’s book has won numerous awards and honors since then, as well as becoming a Reading Rainbow book.
Youngsters will put aside their fear of monsters at night and instead want to join the hero, Max on his wild night romp with the wild things. Dressed in his wolf suit, Max discovers a forest growing in his room and sees the wild things, creatures of all sorts of shapes and animal resemblances from eagle feet to bull horns to feathers to fur. Max eventually decides he misses his mother and sails home to find a warm dinner awaiting him.
The creatures within Where the Wild Things Are that ought to be scary simply aren’t. Instead kids long to join in with Max and dance the night away with the wild things and parents may find a few wild things right inside their homes. Roaring and jumping, Sendak’s creations make one wild party that everyone will want to join in on. Full of excitement and imagination, Where the Wild Things Are actually makes for a good bedtime book, slipping down into calmness at the end.
Initially thought too scary to be published, children have proven that they love this story, growing up and showing it to their children. It has truly become a timeless book amidst so many other children’s books. It’s no surprise bookstores have more than one copy sitting on their shelves.