Monday, October 13, 2014

Where the Wild Things Are


Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak
Originally Published 1963

 Where the Wild Things Are is a highly acclaimed children's picture book that tells the story of a young boy named Max who escapes into another world, filled with monsters. After a tantrum, he goes to his room and watches in amazement as it transforms into a forest. From there, he voyages to the place where the wild things are. 
       In a short 388 words it's a story of adventure and fun, with a heartwarming ending. With over 19 million copies sold worldwide, the book is an international hit. The illustrations are beautiful and timeless, completely wonderful. The popular story has been remade into an animated short film (1974), an opera, and recently a live-action film (2009). The book was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1964, recognizing it as the year's most distinguished American children's picture book. I recently purchased the 50th anniversary edition, published by Harper Collins, and I can attest to its praise.
       A few years ago, when the movie was first released in theaters, I remember catching the trailer a few times and thinking it looked great. I have not yet watched the movie, but I definitely plan to in the near future! Here's the trailer so you can take a look for yourself. Also, I absolutely love the soundtrack. I have definitely been replaying it over and over again on Spotify. The trailer song is called Wake Up - Arcade Fire. I think it fits the mood completely perfectly. Definitely go check out the book, the first chance you get. It's great for everyone, not just kids!



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