Thursday, October 1, 2009

Celebrating Wild Things



As I wrote about Tuesday in the Sci-Fi Fantasy new release feature, a fur-covered edition is being released of the beloved classic 1963 children’s picture book, Where the Wild Things Are by American writer Maurice Sendak.

For anyone who may not be familiar with the book, it tells the story of Max, who one evening plays around his home, in a wolf costume "making mischief" by chasing the dog with a fork and growling at his mother. His mother sends him to bed without supper as a punishment. In his room, a mysterious, wild forest grows out of his very active imagination, and Max journeys to the land of the Wild Things. The Wild Things are fearsome-looking monsters, but Max conquers them "by staring into their yellow eyes without blinking once", and becomes "the King of all Wild Things". However, he soon finds himself lonely and homesick, and he returns home to his bedroom, where he finds his supper waiting for him, still hot.

The cinematic release, based on this book, will be in the middle of October. Today, over on the Destineers blog, “wild things” from the fantastic realm are being featured. As always, you can find more about these fantastical beings in The Destineers Journal of Fantasy Nations and posted in the classrooms in The Cybrarie. I hope you’ll take a moment to stop by and explore some of the more wild fantastical beings for yourself.

7 comments:

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

This was one of my favorite books to read to my daughter and now to my grandson. I hope the movie lives up to the book.

Angela said...

At first i didn't know what i thought of this book becoming a movie. It's such a powerful read, i was worried it might be spoiled by moving to the big screen. But the more i think about it, the more I hope the magic translates just as well as it did in the book. A movie might make the story even more remarkable due to the ability to develop it, who knows?

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Angela and Jane! I have such fond memories of this book. It seems a really short book to become a movie...hopefully they spun the tale well and really opened their imaginations and did it right. It really has a LOT of potential. I'm really looking forward to it.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Nancy, from Realms of Thought…

Marvin D Wilson said...

You know I never read that book. Sounds so vividly imaginitive though - maybe better late than never? Even for an Old Silly?

N A Sharpe said...

Oh Marvin - this is such a fun kids book! Definitely better late than never :D I think there is so much potential for the movie...I'm really looking forward to it!

Nancy, from Realms of Thought…

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

This is a wonderful story. I'm glad they made a movie of it.

Bev

http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Bev - I agree. This book is a favorite of mine. I can't wait to see what they've done with the movie!

Nancy, from Realms of Thought…

 
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