Saturday, September 13, 2008

My favorite childhood classic, Animated!

Anyone who walks into Connor's room would know immediately what our favorite book is! He has a huge painting of Where the Wild Things Are above his crib painted by his Great Aunt Kathy. Its amazing, and seeing as its nearly impossible to get Connor to sit still long enough to read him a whole book at this point I was soo excited when I heard that they were coming out with a new animated version of the book. Mostly because I knew it was the one way I could get Connor to at least listen to the entire book in whole. He is just at the point where he LOVES movies but won't necessarily sit still to let you read an entire book to him in one sitting.

I have to be honestly though even though that Wild Things is my favorite book children's book of all time I've never read any of the other books by Maurice Sendack. Though I do remember the stink about one particular book when I was a kid. His book Night In the Kitchen is featured on the dvd as well and as a child it was not allowed in most of the library's at the schools I attended as I guess the little boy in the book is dreaming and in part of his dream he is naked. I always imagined it being very graphic or why would they not allow it?

I laugh now after seeing the video, anyone who banned the book needs to read it again or at least spend a day with a one year old. My son is naked as often as you will allow it (and some times that you won't) and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with it. He's a baby, he likes to be naked, and he has no idea that anyone on this earth may take his nakedness wrong. I kind of envy him. So to think that a little boy (a toddler) would be naked in a dream is not only feasible but I'd be surprised if Connor didn't dream in the nude.. heh, I'm honestly not even all that surprised to find him totally butt naked when I go in to check on him in the morning since he most recently figured out how to take off his diapers.

I had to watch Night in the Kitchen a few times to understand whats going on, its so random, and it reminded me a bit of what my own pediatrician told me the other day. I asked him what he thought one year old's think about, and he stopped and thought about it for a moment, and he replied with "I'm sure they think about a lot of things but I'm fairly positive if we could listen in it would make no sense". Night in the Kitchen is pure imagination, pure randomness, and you know.. really quite fun. You just can't take it all that seriously. And for the nudity bit, its not graphic at all.. yes yes.. you can see his penis but its just a little outline and I think we need to drop this whole absolute modesty thing anyways, I think its totally unhealthy to tell children that their parts or naughty. Sure modesty is a virtue but shame is not.

One really interesting thing I learned from the extra features, did you know that Where the Wild Things Are was originally going to be "Where the Wild Horses Are"? How would that have affected me as a child? I loved horses more than anything in the world, but the whole thing that make the "Wild Things" so amazing was that they were monsters, but they where not scary at all in many ways it made monsters unscary and lovable and really one of the main reasons I still LOVE monsters, especially monster plush.

I really need to go and get my own copy of A Night In the Kitchen for Connor too.. what a cool story.

By the way, read along books on DVD are also great ways to practice reading skills too!

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99 Comments:

CanCan said...

This is one of Jojo's favorite stories too. I think he identifies so strongly with Max. He knows the story so well, he "reads" it to me, even though he is just 3. I love my little Jojo; the Wildest Thing of All!

Lilith Silvermane said...

12.99 isn't a bad price for that collection!

MY wild thing? I have six of them, however I think my 20 month old is the wildest now.

She is a whirlwind of hands, teeth and hair. Curly locks always bouncing and getting food in them, and her hands grab everything. I call her an octopus when we go shopping.

How ever now, she's blessing me with her 3 hour nap time, and I am going to join her!

Millie said...

Not so much of a funny story as this is my hubbys favorite story as a child and my hubby got a hard back of this for my sons each got one when they were born and my hubby wrote a nice little message for both of them to have for the rest of thier lives.. so this would be great for them to be able to watch their daddys favorite story! Thanks for the chance to win!
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Seeryus Mama said...

When I was an elementary school librarian, I always read Where the Wild Things are to my kiddies! They loved it. My son is 8, but he's grown up listening to that book. It's darn sweet to have him grab that book off the shelf to read to his sister. Who is quite the Wild Thing!!

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Stephanie said...

My little boy loves balloons. We went to trader Joe's last week and he pointed to everything hanging from the ceiling and yelled, "Baallooo" until one of the nice TJ employees walked over with a balloon for him. In reality they probably didn't want to hear him yelling the word anymore!
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Angie said...

"Where the Wild things are" is quite a title and brings up images of furry wild animals! Well, this little gal was watching a cartoon of wild animals, and was so taken with them that she put on a wig, made herself a tail out of yarn and became a mountain lion! Lots of laughs from all!

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Rebecca said...

My Wild thing likes to try and lie about things I have "busted" her doing. I asked her if she drew on the wall, and she says Never Ever! and that's her only response! As if someone broke in and colored on the wall!

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Alyce said...

I haven't read this with my son yet, but I think he will like it when we eventually read it. Something that he does that I think is cute and funny is that he says "snooky" instead of "spooky." So when we talk about halloween he says, "Oh, mama - halloween is SO snooky!"

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mverno said...

the monsters are really nice

Sandy said...

well I have many wild things and this is one of all of their favorite books- the latest favorite is when one of my young ones came back with a small tray of cookies with his brothers - the sample lady gave it to them why---because mom didn't find them today...and I asked my son I told her she didn't feed us them today and she was older and didn't understand and gave us 1/2 her cookie tray sample she currently had open..oops....she needs a hearing aid..the kids did not correct her

Erica C. said...

My niece loves this story, and is always try to find a monster to be friends with!

cstironkat said...

My little wild things loves to jump in the rain puddles. It has been raining alot lately so she is one happy wild child.

Carolsue said...

My youngest is definitely a wild thing. Her first word was "NO" and she isn't afraid to use it! She will save NO even if I ask her if she would like to do something she wants to do!
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lisagee said...

My little wild things love to play up and down the stairs chasing each other.

Sonya said...

Gracie loves this book but honestly she isn't really a wild thing herself. I'm truly blessed with a calm kiddo.

Thanks for the chance.

windycindy said...

We love books in our home! When my son was around 3, we were with my parents at a restaurant for breakfast. One of my dad's work friends joined us! George has said something about how much hair my son had (curls) and then Spencer asked,
"Why does that man have a naked head?" Need I say more?! Thanks, Cindi
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coriwestphal said...

My daughter is actually pretty afraid of monsters so we keep an old spice container full of cotton balls. This is her monster fluff to sprinkle around her room. Maybe she could learn to love monsters with these books. Thanks for the great contest!

sandra jensen said...

This was my little boy's FAVORITE story, he is almost 29 and I can STILL recite it by heart! I would love to give this to our newest little wild thing, my granddaughter!

GREAT Book!
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Michelle said...

My wid man does something crazy like every hour. My friends and family cannot fathom how we survive :). Our favorite shirt he wears says "My parents are exhausted!" Thankfully he's a good boy - just active. His new thing today is he taught himself how to swim underwater (he's 3). The swimming was so wild that he fell asleep without supper. I wonder what he's dreaming tonight!!
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Sarah S said...

How fun that this great book is animated! My wild thing would be totally engaged watching it. It's funny reading the comment from Stephanie, because my wild thing did the same thing at Trader Joe's. Though he was throwing an absolute fit until we checked out and got the balloon. It was a quick shopping trip...

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Anonymous said...

Well, I don't have my own little wild thing yet, but I have a niece and nephew who are my little lovebugs....and sometimes wildthings! :-) Cameron used to like to not wait for an adult to go with him places, and my mom would always tell him, you need to wait for grandma. When he would ask why, she would say that she didn't want him to be kidnapped because she would be very sad. So, one day when my mom got up from the table at a restaurant to use the bathroom, Cameron says, "I'll go with you grandma cuz I don't want anyone to kidnap you." Such a sweetie!! They both are, Amanda and Cameron, and they would love these books!!


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donna444444 said...

This would be great for my son. I am trying to get him more interested in reading. He used to run away when I tried to read to him!

Brooke Lorren said...

My littlest guy likes to climb. My dd is in gymnastics, so he has to hang out during her class. Always wants to climb on the bleachers. He's starting to learn that he's not allowed to read the room at least.

Richard said...

I have 14 wild things in the family,but the wildest is Wyatt. His nick-name is BAM BAM which says it all.

Kelly said...

My wild thing is my 2yo son. Anytime anyone comes over, he does head stands on the couch for entertainment.

Abby said...

My little wild thing just got into a tub of vaseline yesterday and when I came into the bathroom she was screaming b/c she couldn't shut her eye. It was gooed open!!

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Wehaf said...

My nephew is so sweet and sensitive, that if he accidentally hits you, *he* starts crying!

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Sharon said...

My sister is pregnant. My little niece knows what a pregnant lady looks like now. I took her to the store and she was a woman who was a bit overweight, but apparently not pregnant. She pointed to her belly and said BABY BABY!!!! The woman was kind enought to look at me and whisper in my ear "I'm not pregnant"...and quietly walked away

M.A. said...

When she saw some jet planes passing above, my "wild thing" came screaming into the house yelling "those airplanes are scratching the sky all up".

Andrea said...

Love Where the Wild Things Are!!!

Well just today my son turns on the radio and of course classic rock is on from my husband. Well he starts jumping up on the couch playing is "hair" (air) guitar and then stops mid strum and says "oh my mom... this is guitar hero music". I thikn there has been a little bit too much rocking out to Guitar Hero lately. LOL!!!!

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valerie2350 said...

I have been blessed with 2 wild things :)

Heather said...

I have four kids but only one of them is officially a "wild thing". My three year old is always up to something, today he climbed into the kitchen sink and sprayed the ceiling (on accident of course) with the hand held sprayer. Whoever invented that thing obviously didn't have kids!

kdkdkd said...

Love where the wild things are. My son does too now that he is older. When he was young the only word he had for monsters was dinosaur and he called it the dinosaur book which confused everyone but me. He loves to pretend he is a monster now and march around LOL. Did you know there is a movie production of the book in the works! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386117/

Cheryl said...

I have a little grandson who loves to go exploring. One time he 'splored up a fig tree in the back yard and when he went to get down he got his tshirt stuck and had to wait to be rescued!

judybrittle said...

My little wild thing is all grown up with wild ones of her own. I laugh at her and say pay back time. Thank you!
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jenbutterfly12 said...

My little wild things like to play choo choo train all over the place or push eachother in their strollers. LOL!!!]
They would love these books:)

Julie D said...

This is one of my absolute favorites books as a child!
My wild things is 3. He runs around with a felt hat cracking a whip and singing the Indiana Jones theme song.

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Kari said...

My wild child is probably my 12 yr old daughter! ha! This is my 4 yr olds FAVORTITE book, i must find the dvd!

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littlelatina said...

for my boys

retellingstories said...

What a great contest! I loved these books as a child, and would love to read them to my toddler. Thanks!

vmkids said...

my little one was always hiding in the starngest places one day she was in my underwear drawer under my bed with panties on her head!

kygirl said...

My wild child is my 8 year old who thinks he is 21 years,

gkstratos said...

My little wild thing likes to do stand up comedy.
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Kandyland29 said...

1.what is that? said the cat. 2. shrek projector book. 3. may i please have a cookie? 4. Bear snores on. 5. i love you like crazy!

Charlotte said...

Wild Things was always my favorite book! My stepdaughter is almost 13--and she's not all that wild most of the time, until she gets together with her friends. Then they're like whirlwinds.

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miss bliss said...

After we read "Where the Wild Things Are" my little wild things run around saying "I'll eat you up!"
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Linda said...

Where the Wild Things Are has always been a favorite in our house! Our copy is so torn and worn that I put contact paper on it so that my granddaughter could still get use of it!
My "wild thing" would be my oldest. She started climbing out of her crib BEFORE she could walk! She got the nickname Monkey rather quick! The nickname held true for the rest of her childhood years! I used to say "when you have children - I hope you have a MOnkey of your own! - Payback!" Well... My Monkey now has a MOnkey of her own! Climbs out of her crib! Somehow in the 4 minutes it took me to get her a sippy cup she climbed to the top of her bureau!! My monkey says her MOnkey is into everything! Yeah! Glad she got a taste of what she was like! LOL :D I love being a Grammy!
Okay, long winded! Good luck everyone!!
Linda

- Marybeth I. said...

This story is a classic! My first one was a wild thing - from birth. At 5 years old she set off the neighbor's alarm and the police came. At 8 she set the house on fire. We were all fine thanks to the quick reflexes of my DH. I have a million other stories to say. In a nutshell she spent a lot of time in her room (like max) also.

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Tracye said...

My little "wild thing" loves wild things!

Just today, he climbed onto my husband's stuffed deer (which is still in the corner because I refuse to allow it to be hung in my house!) and starting riding it like a horse, and yelling, "Hersey! Hersey!"

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tiffanybeth said...

my fav book as a kid

Jenny said...

In the Night Kitchen holds a special place in my heart. Not only is it a great book, but it's one of the books my mom bought for me. She hid it in the closet for YEARS because of the anatomically correct drawings (which wouldn't have bothered me!) and when she finally pulled it out I was old enough to know about sex already and we sat on her bed and she read it to me. LOL.

My daughter is more of a sweet thing than a wild thing, but I think she'd love the book. The funny thing she's started doing is flirting with boys (she bear-hugged a three-year-old stranger in the park the other day). Her daddy thought that was too wild, especially for a little girl who's not even two yet :-)

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Teresa said...

My wild thing likes to climb EVERYTHING!! It seems like every time I turn around, she is on top of something that is way to high to be in my comfort zone! Thanks!

Erica G said...

The funniest thing happened when my step daughter was about 4 years old. We had just gotten a new puppy.
It was 6 am on a Saturday and I knew she must be up because the puppy was up whining to be let out. I got up and let the puppy out to go to the bathroom and then put him back in his crate. I told my step daughter to go back to bed, that it was too early. She didn't move. I then said, "Are you going to listen to what I said or are you just going to stand there?". She promptly replies, "I'm just gonna stand here!". I learned right then that you don't even imply a choice to a 4 year old.


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taxchyk said...

My wild thing is my son, who at 22 months had a bad day with his sister. He asked permission to hit her, and of course I said no. I told him he needed to find another way to deal with her. I didn't expect him to take apart their bunk beds as she slept!

Finamoon said...

My little wildthing...I have 4 of them.

Funny story...My oldest then 3 loves sushi. Well, mommy brought home some from the store (this was before I made my own) and set it out on the table open. Well my little squeaker got a hold of the wasabi and put the whole glob in his mouth! He had had little tastes of it before, but not like this! He was jumping up and down, turning all red, and asking for water. Well, I gave him a sippy full of water and he took a sip and pleasantly asked for more green stuff please! I laughed!

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Jayfr said...

About a week after we brought our second daughter home after she was born, our first daughter, then 2, told us "She doesn't do much, can we take her back?" They've been at each other ever since!

denyse said...

My little wild thing...he comes to me full of chocolate- all over his face and clothes. I ask him if he snuck any candy. He said no. When I found all the wrappers and showed him his face in the mirror he said it was SPIKE. (whoever Spike is). Spike did it to get him in trouble.

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Anonymous said...

My little monster looks like an absolute doll, but she's tough as nails and plays rough. When she gets to pick out a toy at a toy store, she heads right for the dragon or monster plastic creatures. No soft, cuddly dolls for her. I love it!

klp1965 said...

my son definately is jungle material..this spring i planted some shrubs and plants..later that day i went out and they were all dug up..i was so upset i cried..he took me around the yard showing me where he threw them..we found most of them..CALGON TAKE ME AWAY..FREAKIN FAR AWAY..LOL

paula h said...

My little "Wild THing" is a climber. He will stand on anything and use it to climb. I heard the blinds being messed with and ran into the livingroom. There he stood balanced on a little nesting cuo, using his stick horse, to whack the blinds.

Kristine Michelle said...

This was my favorite book when I was a kid--my Mom said I was just like the monsters in the book. Yikes.
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jceko77 said...

My wild thing strips off her diaper and runs barbutt through the house
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artmarcia said...

This was one of my two wild things favorite books when they were growing up. Now we will be sharing it with a new generation.

JulieB said...

Well my 3 year old daughter is really a wild thing. She just had her 3rd birthday and I got her a Dora the Explorer bath set. I gave her a bath in the morning and she thought it was a really fun set. Later in the day, she came to me soaking wet saying "bath time"...turns out she poured my soda all over her just so she could take another bath with her dora set....it wasn't funny at the time, though I have to laugh now!

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dwhogan said...

good luck to all

blueviolet said...

My little wild thing deconstructs everything. He'll dismantle anything and everything he can get his hands on and those without parts he bites into pieces and spits the pieces out (think Nerf). He's as cute as can be though and when I look at that little cherubic face and grinning smile, I just have to laugh.
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justicecw said...

My wild thing age 4 was seriously running around the house yesterday screaming for about an hour with periodic breaks!!! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

Shelly said...

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Shelly said...

Mine is not too wild - but hates to be told she is 'on the edge'!

kathy55439 said...

I use the do a monster theme and Where the Wild Things are was my classes Favorite......

Gianna said...

I don't have a funny story..

kerri69 said...

wildthing 2 was so funny the otherday it was really windy and i hear her jumping up and down on the porch so i go out there and she has got her umbrella and is jumping off and on and i asked what she was doing and she told me she was trying to fly to heaven

Jessilyn82 said...

Great collection! My little wild things are always getting into something, this weekend they found my Altoids container in my purse and thought they were candy despite my warning, it was so funny to see them make faces and yell "too spicy"!

Suzie G. said...

My littlest wild thing loves to play drums on everything! He's always banging on his toys, the floor, his big sister...

jnmacdonald said...

My daughter's only 6 months old, but we call her a shrieker monkey for the wild, noisy sounds she makes.

brooke said...

I have tons of WILD stories about wee man but you asked for fun so... Keep in mind he is autistic.. he saw some game or such on TV asked if he could have it; to which DH said you need money.. Wee man looked at him and said "goodbye daddy... go work.. money make" Whee or the time I found him cutting his hair with DH's eletric hair clippers... OMGoodness.... wiicked13 [at] yahoo [dot] com

masonsgranny59 said...

sounds like a great giveaway! i have 4 wildthings that are mygrandsons! 100% all boy ! never a dull moment!:)

missdenise said...

after seeing star wars for the first time my son believed so much in the characters until we saw a making of stars wars documentary.

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this! I have 3 wild ones :) But i love them all. My youngest is 2 and boy she is the wildest of them all. I can find her anywhere where she is not supposed to be. It is always a fun time :)
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noey718319 said...

I am a teacher so I have lots of wild things and I love them!

Jayme Isaacs said...

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sharon said...

hmmm, my little wild thing got into the cereal today and poured out EVERY box on the floor...then she stood up and crunched on top of all the cereal, so what a mess..

big bro. was "watching her" hmmmmm...
thanks for contest!

LeeAnn P. said...

My little wild thing had a bad habit of always having his hand down his pants. One day, exasperated, I asked him what in the world was he doing and he replied ( he was 4 years old) "just makin' sure everything's copacetic Mama"

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