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Books on Film: Where the Wild Things Are

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Where the Wild Things Are, one of the most beloved and influential picture books of all time. The ways in which Maurice Sendak’s book has permeated the culture are astounding. To celebrate, Phil Nel, Julie Danielson, Betsy Bird and I are all writing about WTWTA on our blogs today.

It’s a Wild World: Maurice Sendak, Wild Things, and Childhood (via Nine Kinds of Pie)

Making Mischief of One Kind or Another … For 50 Years (via Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast)

Re-Sendakify Sendak Project: The Results (via A Fuse #8 Production)

In this 2004 interview with Bill Moyers, author/illustrator Maurice Sendak talks about his life and how it shaped Where the Wild Things Are. If you ever wondered, “What happened to Max?”, here’s your answer.

(if the embedded video below doesn’t display, click here to watch)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Oh no. The video isn’t working.

  2. Travis,

    Have you ever read Brundibar?

    Loved the first interview and loved Sendak’s answer about what happened to Max!