Where the Wild Things Are: A Caldecott Award Winner

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Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. A must for every child's bookshelf.

This iconic story has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. When Max dresses in his wolf suit and causes havoc in the house, his mother sends him to bed. From there, Max sets sail to an island inhabited by the Wild Things, who name him king and share a wild rumpus with him. But then from far away across the world, Max smells good things to eat...

Let the wild rumpus continue as this classic comes to life like never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak's artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art.

Mary Pols of Time magazine wrote that "what makes Sendak's book so compelling is its grounding effect: Max has a tantrum and in a flight of fancy visits his wild side, but he is pulled back by a belief in parental love to a supper 'still hot." Generations have shared this beautiful picture book, and children of all ages will want to return to it again and again.

  • New York Public Library's #4 book on the list of "Top Check Outs of All Time"
  • One of the National Education Association's "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children"
  • The top picture book in School Library Journal's survey of its readers

Maurice Sendak was also the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and Nutshell Library.

Author: Maurice Sendak
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 12/26/2012
Pages: 48
Weight: 1lbs
Size: 9.10h x 10.20w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780060254926
25th Anniversary Edition
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 3.4
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 5499 / Where the Wild Things Are

Award: Caldecott Medal - Winner
Award: Indies Choice Book Awards - Finalist

Review Citation(s):
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2003 pg. 341 - Superior,Well Above Average
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2003 pg. 341 - Superior,Well Above Average
Newsweek 12/03/2007 pg. 20
New Yorker (The) 10/19/2009 pg. 83
People Weekly 05/21/2012 pg. 86
People Weekly 01/13/2014 pg. 55
Entertainment Weekly 11/14/2014 pg. 110

About the Author
Sendak, Maurice: -

Maurice Sendak's children's books have sold over 30 million copies and have been translated into more than 40 languages. He received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are and is the creator of such classics as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, Higglety Pigglety Pop!, and Nutshell Library. In 1970 he received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, in 1983 he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association, and in 1996 he received a National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, Sendak received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an annual international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.

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