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by Sendak, Maurice

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[New York]: Harper & Row, 1963. Near fine in very good plus jacket.. Lovely first edition of the subversive Caldecott-award winner, in the rare original first-issue dust jacket. After illustrating nearly 50 other books, WILD THINGS was Sendak's first full-color picture book with his own text and illustrations. He took full advantage of that control to push the boundaries of the children's picture book genre. The story of a boy who gets in a fight with his mother and lets out his pent up feelings in a fantastical Wild Rumpus, WILD THINGS focused on the complex inner experience of little Max, acknowledging the reality that children deal with anger, frustration, and fear just as adults do. For this reason, the book was initially not well received: before the rise of New Realism in children's literature, many critics felt children's books ought to model ideal behavior rather than accurately reflect children's emotional experiences. The book made a splash from the very beginning, as Sendak expected it would: many critics advised against buying the book, and some libraries banned it. Readers largely didn't know how to react to its unconventional approach - until it won the Caldecott. WILD THINGS is now one of the best-selling children's books of all time, paving the way for commercial picture books that explore our darker sides and encourage us to make friends with monsters. 9'' x 10''. Original quarter grey cloth, color pictorial paper boards. In original price-clipped color pictorial dust jacket without Caldecott medal, and with 3-paragraph blurb on front flap (blurbs are issue point, not price; ref. Hanrahan). Color pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Sendak in color throughout. [40] pages. Jacket with some soiling and toning, a few short closed tears minutely reinforced on verso. Book with a bit of bumping to extremities, else clean and bright.


Where the Wild Things Are is a 1963 children's picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, originally published by Harper & Row. The book has been adapted into other media several times, including an animated short, a 1980 opera, and, in 2009, a live-action feature film adaptation. According to HarperCollins, the book has sold over 19 million copies worldwide as of 2008.

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On Aug 20 2019, a reader said:
BEST. BOOK. EVER. I have given a copy to every child in my life (family & friends). The imagination given wings and the safety net of a parent's love. Beautifully naughty, captures the joy of childhood and possibilities.

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Sendak, Maurice
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Used - Near fine in very good plus jacket.
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Harper & Row
Place of Publication
[New York]
Date Published
Caldecott,20th century,Picture Book,Books to Film,US American,Banned

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