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This best-selling classic now comes with an audio CD read by Tom Hollander.

Read-along with the story in this book and CD edition!

One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper.

That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus begins.

But when Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely and realises it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all.

Reviews

Sendak is the daddy of them all when it comes to picture books - the words, the rhythm and the design are all wonderful.

S Magazine, Sunday Express

The greatest picture book ever written

Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate, Guardian

The key to Sendak's success and to the continuing hipness of his book, is that it's hero is not a good child . . . the book is, in fact, extraordinarily childcentric, a book written for and about terrible infants, the kind of terrible infants that most children really are and that all adults remain for much of the time

David Baddiel, The Times

This is my never-fail picture book. The text is very short, but utterly perfect, the illustrations are tremendous

Jacqueline Wilson

Gripping, ingenious and uplifting . . . a shrewd, fierce, healing book

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

A timeless masterpiece. The illustrations, the fabulous monsters, the beautiful cross-hatching, and the surreal, dreamlike narrative beckons the reader to join the adventure. The themes are perfect for inspiring discussion on confronting life's scary things, mastering your fears and being brave, letting off steam, saying goodbye, and the comfort of returning home safe and sound

Child Education

An almost-perfect picture book stuffed with mischief, magic and meaning . . . Has a haunting depth that makes bedtime reading thrilling, a little scary, but also empowering

Junior

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781782955030

    November 2, 2015

    Red Fox

    48 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099408390

    June 2, 2000

    Red Fox

    48 pages

    RRP $17.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • Hardback

    9780370007724

    March 1, 1967

    Bodley Head (RHCP)

    48 pages

    RRP $29.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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