Where The Wild Things Are

This book was a present when Child 1 was born. This was back in 2004, long before Spike Jonze did his film. I was new to parenting and had not the first clue about books that children liked to read – apart from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Gruffalo and everything Julia Donaldson.

I believe Where The Wild Things Are might have been the book that seduced me into the world of children’s books. If my memory serves me correctly. Then again, it’s not what it used to be – blame it on baby brain.

Since then, I’ve been rooting out interesting titles that have not crossed over into the general public consciousness. Old books, new books. They make no difference. As long as it’s an engaging story that’s beautifully illustrated and laid out.

Most importantly, my kids LOVE this book. It’s a bedtime classic. Of course, as everyone  knows, the best part is when the wild rumpus begins.

And this is how the story begins.

The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind
and another
his mother called him “WILD THING!”
and Max said “I’LL EAT YOU UP!”
so he was sent to bed without eating anything.



  1. I LOVED this book as a kid – and think it was the main reason that I got into books, and haven’t been able to stop since…I was a school librarian for a bit even! My son in particular loves this book; and my kids can be heard playing “Wild Things” alot…and there is nothing so special as a book that inspires that kid of play in your children. If people haven’t got it – I recommend that you get it! I am reading my copy to my kids…

  2. As I said on Twitter, I don’t know why I’m not keen on this book. Maybe I just need to re-read it a few times! But I’m totally with you on the world of children’s books. There are so many different books, we all like different things. Fantastic that this book started your journey. I have no idea what started mine – maybe I just never grew up! 😉

  3. My kids often play at being “WILD THINGS!” too – or maybe they’re not playing…
    They are not super keen on this book, but it was one of the first I bought when I started buying picture books for them, and I still remember reading it as a kid.

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