When We All Joined Max Where The Wild Things Are

By Linda Speckhals
Source: (Wikipedia).

In 1963, Maurice Sendak released Where the Wild Things Are. The writer and illustrator won the Caldecott Medal in 1964, and by 2009, the book had sold over 19 million copies worldwide. It has also been adapted into a live action film and, believe it or not, into an opera. It has also inspired music and was spoofed in an episode of The Simpsons, “The Girl Who Slept Too Little.”

The story is about Max, a child who dresses up in a wolf costume and causes chaos in the house, so his mother sends him to bed without supper. She calls him “WILD THING!” He responds, “I’LL EAT YOU UP!” and when he goes to his room, it is transformed; Max sets sail and is hailed king of the Wild Things. After they enjoy a romp, he sends them to bed without supper. A bit homesick, he decides to head home, giving up his regal title. The Wild Things don’t want him to go, but he sails away, returning to his bedroom, where he finds a hot supper waiting for him.