Today would have been Maurice Sendak’s 85th birthday and the Google Doodle for today shows a wonderful interpretation of Where the Wild Things Are. As an adult, I love and appreciate Where the Wild Things Are, although there are other favorite Sendak books that get top billing in my house.
First of all this book is small and as a kid small things meant they were tailor-made for my pocket! But really, the tale of Pierre, who does not care, and gets gulped by a lion…bliss and spaciousness for my young eyes!
I will be honest. I did not learn to love this book until I was older. I used to be afraid of the wild things. (Honestly, are you surprised?) BUT at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia there was (is) a fantastic interactive exhibit that I used to take Pop, The Bee, and Dill too. They would get on the boat to sail in and out of days, dress up in costume and I learned to put my fear aside and love this book that all of the kids acted out.
A book about food! In rhyme!! That follows the months of the year!!!
I loved reading this book as a kid (October rocks!) and then with *my* kid as we shared her special month. Plus, I was able to sneak in a few meals of chicken soup with rice before she got hip to what I was doing and refused to eat the soup.
When Nick Jr was the norm on our television, Little Bear was a show we watched. Maurice Sendak didn’t write this book; it was written by Else Miniark. But Sendak’s illustrations were something unlike the Wild Thing drawings and the show was such a nice show in a time where kids were brats, know it alls or some kind of combo.
What say you? Any favorite Sendak books? Let me know!
Here is a link to me reading Where the Wild Things Are for work.
Causing a wild rumpus!