The story

"The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind ... and another ..."

Maurice Sendak's picture book "Where the Wild Things Are" has beguiled generations of parents and children since its publication in 1963, but a feature film adaptation never seemed especially likely. The book runs to 338 words and takes all of five minutes to read.

Sendak's words are so carefully chosen, and his images are so potent, he creates not one but two worlds within a handful of pages. First there is the mundane domestic life of a rampaging 6- or 7-year-old child; and then there's the thrillingly boisterous, exotic and acquiescent land of his imagination -- an island of wild and wonderful beasts where he rules the roost (at least until dinnertime). Read full article »

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