The Wild Things

The Wild Things

eBook - 2010
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Max is a rambunctious eight-year-old whose world is changing around him: His father is absent, his mother is increasingly distracted, and his teenage sister has outgrown him. Sad and angry, Max dons his wolf suit and makes terrible, ruinous mischief, flooding his sister's room and driving his mother half-crazy. Convinced his family doesn't want him anymore, Max flees home, finds a boat and sails away. Arriving on an island, he meets strange and giant creatures who rage and break things, who trample and scream. These beasts do everything Max feels inside, and so, Max appoints himself their king. Here, on a magnificent adventure with these funny and complex monsters, Max can be the wildest thing of all. In this visionary adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic work, Dave Eggers brings an imaginary world vividly to life, telling the story of a lonely boy navigating the emotional journey away from boyhood. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published: New York : Vintage Books, 2010, c2009.
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed.
ISBN: 9780307477569
Characteristics: 1 online resource (185 p.)


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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.

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

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.

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.

Aug 25, 2012

i reccomend this wondeful book.

Feb 21, 2011

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

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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