Ana Kim Kim itibaren Henegedara, Sri Lanka
‘Where the wild things are’ By Maurice Sendak. This is a great story about a boy called Max who is sent to his room without any supper for misbehaving. His wild imagination leads him to a fascinating adventure where he meets the ‘wild things’. Max soon learns how to tame them and becomes the ‘King of the monsters’ and dances with them in a ‘wild rumpus’. When he starts to feel lonely he decides to return home where he finds his supper waiting for him. When I first set my eyes on this book I was a bit reluctant to pick it up, I wasn’t to sure whether my children would like it because I thought the illustrations were a bit scary for a children’s book. I’m really glad I did, my children absolutely loved it and when I read it to them they ran round the house pretending to be the ‘wild things!’ It soon became a popular book in my household. The story is great fun to read and it portrays lots of emotions through the pictures and words used in the story. The author cleverly uses three double pages in the center of the book with beautiful vivid illustrations without any text, to capture the imagination of the reader. I’ve also read this to a class of year 2 children and they loved to act out the ‘wild rumpus’ part by jumping up and down, ‘gnashing their terrible teeth’, ‘rolling their terrible eyes’ and ‘showing their terrible claws’. I like the way the story portrays a definite moral of ‘home is where the heart is’ and that Max realizes that his mother’s love is greater than the wild things, which leads him to returning home to his warm supper. A great book, it definitely engages the audience and helps to promote and encourage children to use their imagination. I would definitely recommend this book for children between 2-9.
Good but the best parts of the book is found in the beginning and then you get bogged down by whaleology.