The Wild Things

The Wild Things

Book - 2009
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The Wild Things -- based very loosely on the storybook by Maurice Sendak and the screenplay cowritten with Spike Jonze -- is about the confusions of a boy, Max, making his way in a world he can't control. His father is gone, his mother is spending time with a younger boyfriend, his sister is becoming a teenager and no longer has interest in him. At the same time, Max finds himself capable of startling acts of wildness: he wears a wolf suit, bites his mom, and can't always control his outbursts. During a fight at home, Max flees and runs away into the woods. He finds a boat there, jumps in, and ends up on the open sea, destination unknown. He lands on the island of the Wild Things, and soon he becomes their king. But things get complicated when Max realizes that the Wild Things want as much from him as he wants from them. Funny, dark, and alive, The Wild Things is a timeless and time-tested tale for all ages.
Publisher: San Francisco : McSweeney's Books, c2009
ISBN: 9781934781616
1934781614
Branch Call Number: FIC Egger 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 288 p. :,ill
Additional Contributors: Sendak, Maurice
Jonze, Spike

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MplsPeggy
Aug 02, 2015

As the mother of a toddler, I read the Maurice Sendak original almost daily. Dave Eggers's version delightfully and insightfully expands on a beloved classic.

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foxylady31
Apr 28, 2015

An out of control boy who is always feeling like everyone is against him runs away and finds himself on an island where he begins to figure out what his real problems are and do something about it .interesting story

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palaminopony
Sep 18, 2014

“The Wild Things” follows the adventures of Max, a young boy with a troubled home life. Max’s sister no longer loves him, and his mother and her new boyfriend tend to forget about him. After a fight with his mother’s boyfriend, Max dons his wolf costume and runs away. He finds a small boat, and after pushing off from shore, ends up on a far-away island filled with monsters dubbed, ‘The Wild Things’. The creatures make Max their new king, but Max soon figures out that ruling an island and keeping every monster happy is not as easy as it sounds.
This novel is based off of Maurice Sendak’s picture book, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. “The Wild Things” is a much darker, twisted take on the classic picture book, but still maintains the childlike vibe of the original tale. The characters of “The Wild Things” are all written uniquely, each with their own quirks, personality, and flaws. Max, however, is a brat, and readers will dislike him at the beginning of the novel. However, as the story continues, he goes through major character development and learns to act more mature. The island where the novel takes place is an interesting setting, as it is very similar to our world, yet completely different. The plot itself is an expansion on ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, but is interesting and clever, and has no ‘slow moments’.
Overall, the author of this review highly recommends “The Wild Things”. It is a rather dark novel that still maintains a childlike innocence to it, making it an unique, one-of-a-kind book. “The Wild Things” is recommended for ages thirteen and up, and would be a good essay book or ‘book talk’ book. Readers can look between the lines of the novel and find symbolism and hidden meanings.

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jtkretzschmar
Dec 28, 2013

A really fun book. I wasn't aware that it followed the children's book 'Where the Wild Things are', so I inadvertently read a YA novel; it brought the magic of a childhood novel that I greatly enjoyed to life.

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mitzifulo
Aug 25, 2012

i reccomend this wondeful book.

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lordvoldemort
Feb 21, 2011

This book is really good! I personally really enjoyed it! If you liked the movie you should read this book!

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liswoo
Nov 15, 2010

This is the incorrect book cover - this cover is for Zeitoun, also by Eggers. Not The Wild Things!

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