During a fight at home, Max flees and runs away into the woods. He finds a boat there, jumps in, and ends up on the open sea, destination unknown. He lands on the island of the Wild Things, and soon he becomes their king. But things get complicated when Max realizes that the Wild Things want as much from him as he wants from them.
©2009 Dave Eggers; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I enjoyed this very much, though 40...and I know its designed to be a kids book! I couldn't stop listening. The ending left me wondering what next, and I hope there is a part 2. I will watch the movie now!! Lots to gleam from this book, wonderful story!!!
After a tediously slow start, by a third of the way through this story of Max and his subjects slowly unravels. (I'm glad I was able to listen to the audiobook of this. I don't think I would have stayed with it if I were reading it. I could listen to Dion Graham read anything, but I think this was far longer than it needed to be.)
Max leaves home (of divorced mom and boyfriend and his estranged teenaged sister) to find life on an island overrun by six huge animallike creatures.
They even start a war between themselves (a play war) which was a great detour from the book--throwing cats & animals as weapons at each other was kind of Alice and Wonderlandish, but the aftermath involving the beasts eating the same animals they threw--Whew!
Max and Carroll are at first the best of buddies and Douglas, Judith, Ira, Katherine & Alexander his assortment of beastly subjects. This fantasy quickly turns into a nightmare "King" Max can't seem to awaken from.
The original story is a favorite for many kids (not mine). Personally I just can't fathom having monsters/beasts as childhood story delights. Too ghoulish for my taste. These huge grotesque beasts truly become the monsters they actually are in the end that Max has to get away from or die--and he barely escapes with his life. The ending was a relief, but I can't imagine this was a successful movie because, if I were a child, I would have nightmares, no matter how "nice" these beasts tried to be.
Although Dion Graham's reading was good, I couldn't recommend this for any child. I don't know if I could sit through this at a movie either...
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