Inscribed later printing of the Caldecott-Award winner, inscribed by Sendak with a 4.5'' original ink drawing of a wild thing, dated 1975.
Fine in very good jacket.
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
"and in and out of weeks<br />and almost over a year..."
The story of a boy who gets in a fight with his mother and lets out his pent up feelings in a fantastical Wild Rumpus, WILD THINGS focused on the complex inner experience of little Max, acknowledging the reality that children deal with anger, frustration, and fear just as adults do. For this reason, the book was initially not well received: before the rise of New Realism in children's literature, many critics felt children's books ought to model ideal behavior rather than accurately reflect children's emotional experiences. The book made a splash from the very beginning, as Sendak expected it would: many critics advised against buying the book, and some libraries banned it. Readers largely didn't know how to react to its unconventional approach – until it won the Caldecott.
New York: Harper & Row, . 9'' x 10''. Original quarter cloth, paper pictorial boards. In original unclipped ($4.95) color pictorial dust jacket with Caldecott Medal on front panel; rear flap notes that this edition was reprinted from new engravings made from the original art. A couple carefully repaired closed tears to jacket, with some mild toning. Book beautiful.
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