"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!": First Edition of Where the Wild Things Are; Signed by Maurice Sendak

  • Where the Wild Things Are.
  • Where the Wild Things Are.
  • Where the Wild Things Are.

Where the Wild Things Are.

Item Number: 17006

New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.

First edition, early printing. Oblong quarto. Inscribed by the author, “For Laura Marice Sendak Oct. ’70.” An excellent example with some rubbing and toning to the boards in a near fine dust jacket.

"Wild Things!' When Max's sojourn among them unfolded in kinematic splendor in 1963, adults trembled and children reveled. Reaching back into his own Brooklyn childhood, Sendak created the enduring child-hero Max, who overcomes his fears and achieves catharsis in a colorful fantasy tableau. The book was awarded the 1964 Caldecott Medal by the American Library Association" (NYPL Books of the Century 212). An animated short film based on the book, which had taken five years to complete, was released in 1973, directed by Gene Deitch and produced at Kratky Film, Prague, for Weston Woods Studios. Two versions were released: the original 1973 version, with narration by Allen Swift and a musique concrete score composed by Deitch himself; and an updated version in 1988 with new music and narration by Peter Schickele. In 1999, Isadar released a solo piano musical composition inspired by the Sendak book. On October 16, 2009, the live-action film version of the book was released. Directed by Spike Jonze, the cast of voices included legendary actors Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini and Catherine O’Hara.