Where are the Wild Things?

The Pfau Library presents a display on the classic picture book, and movie arriving in theaters October 2009, Where the Wild Things Are.

Director Spike Jonz has chosen to rely more on actors in suits and less on computerized special effects to bring the book to life. In an interview, Jonz said that Maurice Sendak, whose opinion is very important to him, is happy with the movie.

Sendak says about his main character, “Max, the hero of my book, discharges his anger against his mother, and returns to the real world sleepy, hungry, and at peace with himself.” This is perhaps why so many people can relate to this book. We feel anger and resentment towards others, we end up finding something within ourselves, and we find peace. Let’s celebrate the release of the film and honor the book that made us all into wild things. Come to the first floor of the Pfau Library, next to the circulation desk, to view an amazing display created by our student assistant, Brandy Montoya.

Maurice Sendak, a writer and illustrator of children’s books, was born June 10, 1928. He has produced more than a dozen books of his own, as well as illustrating more than seventy stories by other authors. Where the Wild Things Are was seen as controversial in the early 1960s because of the open expression of anger from a child to a parent, as well as with its “grotesque” creatures. It took almost two years for libraries to put more copies in their libraries, due to child demand for the book. He won the Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are in 1964. His book, In the Night Kitchen, is another popular and controversial children’ s book, which is on the American Library Association‘s list of frequently challenged and banned books. However, his biggest hit, and greatest legacy, is almost certainly Where the Wild Things Are.

Come and visit the Library and view the display.
–Iwona Contreras

Photo of Wild Things Display

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