Wild Things

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”

Here is a great sentence to kick-off Superbowl Sunday! Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are has endured for more than 40 years as a favorite children’s book for both its fanciful drawings and its wonderful words. Websters defines rumpus as “noisy commotion” but I think rumpus implies a lot more fun than your average commotion. The rumpus we see after this sentence is three wordless pages with Max and the monsters howling at the moon, swinging from tree branches and dancing together (kind of like football).

After this, Max sails home to his bedroom “back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day” which sounds how my kids view time. What are your favorite books to read to the children in your lives?


  • Anonymous
    February 4, 2008 - 10:49 am | Permalink

    Well, this is one of them, but I realize we haven’t read it in a while. I think kids hear the rhythm in certain sentences, and enjoy them without necessarily knowing the meaning. Max has an adventure with monsters and lots of “noisy commotion” but returns home safely and gently with a lovely ending.

  • Yvonne
    February 4, 2008 - 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Can you believe we still haven’t purchased or read this book yet to our 22 month old twin boys. My personal favorite still is – The Lady with the Alligator Purse but Anders current favorite is Goodnight Moon (he likes identifying everything on the pages) and Ethan likes Picture Dictionaries and Animal books so he can name things. I think all of the sentences in the Lady with the Alligator Purse have such zippy energy and uplifting notes as you say them out loud – it’s fun to read it to the kids.

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