Where the Wild Things Are

Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. Harper Collins, 1963. 40 pages.

Cover. Retrieved from Google Images.

Where the Wild Things Are, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, is about a boy who channels his inner wild and ventures out to the land of the wild. The boy taught up that everyone has a wild side and that its okay to let it show sometimes. He also taught us that we shouldn’t judge things by their appearance. Lastly, the book taught us that imagination is powerful and can do great things.

Let the wild rumpus begin!
Wild Rumpus. Retrieved from Google Images.

Throughout the book, if you payed attention to the illustrations, they got bigger and bigger when the boys imagination was growing and then when he was going back home the illustrations got smaller again. Also the images have texture to them and are drawn in the same way so that they look alike. Another thing about the images is that they have more color when the boy’s imagination is growing and them when he’s at home the colors are simple and dull.

In the mind of a child this book might raise questions like “How was a forest growing in his bedroom?” and “Did he really go to where the wild things live?” or even “How was his supper still hot when he got home?”. To a little kid it might seem like he really did go to where the wild things are and he stayed there for days. But to an older person it might come across as if the boy had been dreaming and he woke up when his mother brought up his supper.

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