This kid’s book is a little weird and didn’t really meet whatever expectations I had for it.
Originally published 54 years ago in 1963, Sendak’s story follows a rather badly behaved little boy named Max who, after another obnoxious episode, is sent to his room without supper (pretty harsh but hey).
Max soon finds himself whisked among the world of the ‘wild things’ who are a family of animals who welcome the spunky youngster excitedly.
Nevertheless, I get why Sendak’s story has remained popular all these generations later. Where the Wild Things Are vividly explores the world of imagination, further showing children everywhere how there are no limits to dreaming and creativity.
On the downside, the story fell flat for me. I felt like Max was ultimately rewarded for being a badly-behaved kid, and the ‘wild things’ seem to encourage this kind of rambunctious behavior. I haven’t seen the 2009 movie and, who knows, that could COMPLETELY change my views on this classic. But, as of now, Where the Wild Things Are earns a 3 out of 5 stars from me.
Which children’s classics are you not so fond of?
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