Where the Wild Things Are, 50th Anniversary
Fifty years ago, when Maurice Sendak’s picture book, Where the Wild Things Are, was released, not everyone hailed it as a masterpiece.
The story of a wild boy in a wolf suit who’s sent to bed without dinner after telling off his mother — “I”LL EAT YOU UP!” — left some grownups uneasy, at least in 1963.
Publishers Weekly hailed Sendak’s “superb” illustrations, but warned, “they may well prove frightening, accompanied as they are by a pointless and confusing story.”
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