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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-26 21:03
Where the Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

This story is about a boy that is sent to bed without his dinner for acting like a "wild thing". He falls asleep soon after and his imagination begins to run wild. His room starts off by being transformed into a forest and then he finds a boat and sets sail for quite some time. He eventually finds himself in a land inhabited by wild things, where he eventually becomes king. He begins to miss his mother and understand that being in charge is not as easy as he thinks. One way that I would use this in my classroom would be by reading a loud and have the students come up with synonyms for the word terrible. I would also have students write captions for the pictures that did not have any with them.


Lexile Measure: AD740L

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review 2018-02-24 21:28
A Children's Classic!
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

A classic children's book that presents imagination and creativity to children. It has illustrations that grow bigger and bigger as Max's imagination grows bigger and bigger until he is lost in his own world. Students can really benefit from its descriptive characteristics and its relatability. One great activity would be to give students comprehension task cards to complete in centers. Examples of these task cards can be found here, https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Where-The-Wild-Things-Are-Task-Cards-Reading-Comprehension-3165179 

Grade Level: Pre-K-5

Lexile measure: AD740L

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review 2018-02-06 01:34
Would You Want To Be King Of All Wild Things?
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

AR: 3.4

Grade Level: PreK-5th

Summary: In Where The Wild Things Are, a little boy is sent to bed without dinner. However; within his imagination, he travels to the land of all wild things! Here, is where he is made King! He enjoys every bit of it, until it's time for the wild things to go to bed. Here is where he is left lonley, and eventually sails back home. Dinner is waiting for him-still hot!

Idea: Every aspect of this book is excellent! From the text to the illustrations, it really drives the reading into wanting to read more. I will most definitely be using this book in my class. I was even thinking about acting this book out. The kids will love it! Imagination is everything. 

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text 2017-06-10 15:21
10th June 2017
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

Let the wild rumpus start!


Maurice Sendak


Oh Maurice Sendak, we love you so! The illustrator and writer (born June 10, 1928) created naughty children and lovable monsters in books like Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. He got his start making window displays for F.A.O. Schwarz.


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review 2017-06-03 18:27
We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy by Maurice Sendak
We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy: Two Nursery Rhymes with Pictures - Maurice Sendak

Genre:  Homelessness / Friendship / Surrealism / Nursery Rhyme

Year Published: 1993

Year Read:  2008

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers




“We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy” (whew, long title name!) is a Mother Goose nursery rhyme along with illustrations by Maurice Sendak. This book tells the tale of two guys trying to save a kid and a lot of kittens from a band of shrewd rats. This book may not be a classic like “Where the Wild Things Are” and “In the Night Kitchen,” but it is still full of good humor and excitement!

The nursery rhyme is surreal yet creative to read because the characters themselves are not what you would expect from a normal nursery rhyme. The characters seem to be tough and even cruel to a certain extent but they are also brave and even friendly especially when Jack and Guy seem to hate the kid at the beginning of the book but they risk their lives to save the kid at the end. The moon is the most surreal character of all as it tortures anyone who harms the kittens and the kid such as when the rat bites the kid and the moon ended up carrying Jack and Guy towards the rye field and when Jack tried to hit the kid, the moon transformed into an intimidating looking cat. Maurice Sendak’s illustrations are truly surrealistic yet beautiful as he makes the main characters dress up in old rags and running around the streets with no shoes to wear. The moon’s image is surreal as it has a grumpy looking face throughout the whole book and looks menacing when it transforms into a cat that is white all over and has intense looking eyes.


“We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy” may not have the comforting tone as “Where the Wild Things Are” or light humor like “In the Night Kitchen,” but it is certainly a truly unique and creative little book as it is in a nursery rhyme format. Many children ages five and up would greatly enjoy this book as soon as they get pass the violent images and understand the confusing plot.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog


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