Of course, very few people out there don’t know the book Where the Wild Things Are, but I don’t think that means it’s not worth repeating: This book is phenomenal!
My 4-year-old daughter, who has almost no reading experience (other than what mommy reads to her), can recite this book cover to cover and has been able to for a year now. My 3-year-old daughter is well on her way, too! She has memorized it so thoroughly I can turn to a specific page and she starts the story from that page on.
Any book that can entertain that much and teach at the same time is worth buying and reading over and over! I have never been able to read that book in a monotone, regular voice. It inspires me to be even sillier than I usually am. And that’s saying something.
One of my favorite parts of this book teaches kids about imagination. My daughter understands her room cannot be “hung with vines, and the walls became the world all around.” She was never much of an imaginative kid until we started reading this book. If she sees a boat she looks for Max’s name on the side. And she runs around the house roaring a terrible roar and showing her terrible claws. Priceless!
Even more, though, in the end Max wanted to go home where he was loved “best of all.” I want my kids to know that home is where they are loved “best of all!”
Review by Kristin Wilson – Kristin is a former newspaper journalist turned mommy of two little girls. She loves to read, and always has. That love for reading, she believes, is what helped her discover her passion for writing. And her goal is to pass that same love onto her children through books!