The Wild Things
YA fiction; fantasy
The Wild Things — based very loosely on the storybook by Maurice Sendak and the screenplay cowritten with Spike Jonze — is about the confusions of a boy, Max, making his way in a world he can’t control. His father is gone, his mother is spending time with a younger boyfriend, his sister is becoming a teenager and no longer has interest in him. At the same time, Max finds himself capable of startling acts of wildness: he wears a wolf suit, bites his mom, and can’t always control his outbursts. 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. Funny, dark, and alive, The Wild Things is a timeless and time-tested tale for all ages.
This was such a unique interpretation of a children's classic! I will admit that I did not like the beginning of the book. It was a bit too Roald Dahl-esque for my taste. (I'm not a huge Dahl fan, sorry.) Once Max reached the land of the monsters though, the whole story changed, and I was engrossed in the book. I read the whole thing in one day, which these days, is difficult for me to accomplish. I did not really want to see the film version, but now after reading The Wild Things, I'd really like to see the movie. I think once it is out on DVD, I will rent it. I want to thank my book club here for picking this book for our monthly read. If it wasn't for them, I probably wouldn't have picked this book up!
Books read this year: 41/50.
Pages read this year: 13945/15000