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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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review 2017-04-08 04:10
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild things are is a classic book with only ten sentences in the entire book. A young boy by the name of max is sent to his room without supper for not doing what he is being told. He travels to a land where wild creatures roam and are free to do as they please. Later in the story max is ready to go home and so he does. There, he is finally given his supper. The illustrations definitely speak for themselves and portray the story very well. I can't wait to add this book to my classroom library in the future. I would give this book a four and a half stars out of five and it is given an AD740L on the Lexile scale.

I would have my students create their own wild thing using markers and crayons to add as much detailing as possible. This would be artwork I would hang up on my wall for everyone to see for a week or so. i would also consider doing a writing assignment for the book as well. i believe there are so many ideas that can stem from an adventure such as the one that Max embarked on.

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review 2017-04-07 20:49
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

This has been one of my favorite books since I was a young girl, and it still is today. This book ignites the creativity of children by enjoying reading in an imaginary world. Going along with the story, I would get the students to make a monster of their own with construction paper, colorful string, and more. I think this book is ideal for Kindergarten - 3rd grade, and is Lexile Level is 740 L. 

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review 2017-04-07 00:52
Where the Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

Grade Level: Pre-K-K, 1-2, 3-5

Lexile Level: AD740L

This imaginative story is about a boy named Max who sails off to another island where he finds the wild things. He becomes their king and stays with them on their island. But after Max becomes home sick, he has to leave the wild things to go back home to his family. I would read this to my students to encourage imagination. I would pair this with a writing activity where the students had to imagine if they were to sail off, what would they encounter?

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