Thumbs Up To Wild Things!
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One of my favorite books as a child was Where the Wild Things Are. Written in 1963 by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, it has weathered the test if time and is still a favorite of children some 30+ years after it was published. Recently I watched the movie adaptation directed by Spike Jonze and was pleasantly surprised to find that I really liked it, as did my 6 year old daughter. Parents be warned, this movie is not appropriate for younger children. It is full of dark images, beastly behavior and sad themes like loneliness and abandonment. In one scene, Max is chased in the woods by a beast and has to hide in a kindly beast’s mouth to avoid being caught by a meanie monster. It is a gruesome, scary scene that even put me on edge. Despite all the sadness, it is a good movie that has some delightful and funny moments. The soundtrack to the movie is great! While listening to it my husband likened it to The Pixies and I have to agree it has a Pixies sound to it. My husband called it The Pixies for children. My children love the music as well and we’ve combined the book with the soundtrack to have a real Wild Rumpas!