Monday, October 12, 2009
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The movie of Where the Wild Things Are is coming out in December in New Zealand. There are plenty of people very keen to see it around here. The trailer is available online, but I will save that for a future post. In the meantime it is nice to reflect on this classic book which, I notice on the Harper Collins Website appeals to children ages 5 - 8 when actually this book appeals to everyone from 5 - 500 I think. The book was first published in 1963. Maurice Sendak who is pictured here has written quite a few books but this one continues to sell loads of copies and has won some of the most important of prizes in children's literature. The story of Max who gets sent to his room, and has a huge adventure, is a classic and everyone should share the joy of it.
Of course there is a copy in the library, and it is often taken out or browsed. It is also popular with the staff who borrow it to read to their children at home. Long live Max and the Wild Things! Lets hope the movie does them justice.