The Lasting Impact of ‘Where The Wild Things Are’

The Lasting Impact of ‘Where The Wild Things Are’

On this day in 1963, the classic children’s story Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak was published, and it’s still beloved by children and adults everywhere. So, what has made this wild tale so cherished over the years?     Where The Wild Things Are tells the story of Max, an imaginative young boy dressed in a wolf suit who has been sent to bed without supper after misbehaving all day. When he falls asleep, his room transforms into a whimsical land of wild things. The wild things try to frighten and intimidate Max, but when they see …

Two Adult Perspectives on Legendary Children’s Books

Two Adult Perspectives on Legendary Children’s Books

Simply aging does not mean the life lessons we learn from children’s books become meaningless. As the great C.S Lewis once proclaimed, “A children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story”. The simplicity of children’s narratives allows us as adults to easily revisit them and experience them in a completely different way. I wrote an article about The Giving Tree and how the message it sends is extremely profound; something I never would have picked up as an eight year old. Here are two more adult perspectives of classic children’s stories.   1-Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne …

‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Was First Published Today!

‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Was First Published Today!

Book Culture

There are few books beloved as much as children’s picture book Where the Wild Things Are, Published originally in 1963, the book was written and drawn by American writer Maurice Sendak. Almost immediately upon its release, it found critical acclaim among the literary community, winning the Caldecott Medal in 1964 and selling 10 million copies in the United States, with those sales reaching 19 million worldwide internationally. It was voted the number one picture book in a 2012 survey. Its also been adapted numerous times, first as an animated short film in 1974, 1983 opera, and then as a big picture screen …