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Maurice Sendak and his Where the Wild Things Are monster characters

Updated on September 8, 2013

Wild About Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak?

Children's books hold a special place in our hearts. For many, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are still stirs memories of a warm bowl of oatmeal and an island teeming with monsters. From the time it was first published the book created controversy and talk. Over the years the story has been retold in stage plays, ballet and even opera. Several years ago fans finally saw their dream of the movie version. The talk continues and the love for the monsters never dies.

Today storybook characters assume a life even apart from the books. Where The Wild Things Are monsters are no different. They've lept from the pages of the books onto the shelves of toy stores and onto the wide big movie screens. You'll find them as hand puppets, plush toys, and vinyl collector dolls. Their fans dress up in monster costumes. Their images are found on puzzles. The story lives on in this multimedia age in ways the author, Maurice Sendak, probably never imagined all those years ago. Check out the pages below to see where all The Wild Things Are monsters have gone.

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak
Maurice Sendak

Get to know Maurice Sendak - DVD celebrates Maurice Sendak

If you really want to get to know the lovable curmudgeon and creator of Where the Wild Things are, Maurice Sendak, then get this DVD "Tell Them Anything You Want."

Tell Them Anything You Want
Tell Them Anything You Want

"Viewers don't have to be fans of Sendak's books to enjoy this film. As the title implies, the author (who was 81 years old during the making of the documentary) isn't shy about saying anything--some of which he admits may be made up. Sendak isn't overly modest about his brilliant and sometimes controversial work. But he still likes to question why the filmmakers are "doing a documentary of a brain-dead person." Clearly, Sendak is far from brain-dead. Still whip-sharp and witty, he is equally at home cussing up a storm or relaying fantastic stories that should be made into books. At one time, his work was considered inappropriate for kids. But he has always held the theory that children are a lot smarter than adults give them credit for. You can tell them anything, as long as you're being honest. The documentary includes some shout-outs from A-listers such as Meryl Streep, Catherine Keener, and James Gandolfini. But it's Sendak himself who is the shining star." --Jae-Ha Kim


Maurice Sendak's classic monster picture book

Where the Wild Things Are Collector's Edition
Where the Wild Things Are Collector's Edition

This is where it all began: The book. Today Sendak's classic story and characters are found everywhere but if you want to go back to the beginning, this collector's edition is a good place to start.


Wonderful tribute and must-have for Sendak fans

Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work
Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work

This is a wonderful collection about Sendak's work including essays and 200 full color images exhibited at the Society of Illustrators in New York City from June 11–August 17, 2013. 12 Essays are included by Leonard S. Marcus, Iona Opie, Steven Heller, and Paul O. Zelinsky. Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work showcases the collection of Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David, prominent authorities on Sendak’s artwork. This is a great tribute to a wonderful artist and children's writer who continues to delight us all.


Where the Wild Things Are monster - Moishe - plush monster doll


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      Malu Couttolenc 6 years ago

      Where the Wild things Are is a cute story. haven't seen the movie yet but would love to :)