Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are/ Regele tuturor salbaticiunilor

Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

Published by Red Fox, 37p. Caldecott Medal, 1964


This is the story of Max, an angry boy that wears a wolf costume and makes mischief of one kind and another.  But beyond all wild things, this is a story about love and family.

One night, when Max is sent to bed without supper because of his naughty behavior, his room turns into a forest and his journey to where the wild things are begins. He tames the beasts and becomes their king but at night time the feeling of loneliness is too intense and the boy decides to return home, where the hot supper is.


Where the Wild Things Are was written in 1963 but it is still a referential story and a great picture book. My daughter knew about Max from school but after we had read it at home again she hugged me and said she would rather stay with her parents than be a queen in a far away land.

Although some parents considered the book too scary and the illustrations inappropriate for children, we really enjoyed it as we know we have to accept and control the little monsters around and the wild things we have inside. The picture of the boy at the end compared to the one at the beginning of the book is remarkable. The smile on his face says everything.



Regele tuturor salbaticiunilor este o poveste despre Max, un baietel nervos, imbracat in costum de lup, ce face tot soiul de nazbatii. Dincolo de toate acestea, este insa o poveste despre iubire si familie.

Intr-o seara, cand Max este trimis la culcare fara a primi cina, din cauza comportamentului sau obraznic , camera lui se transforma incet intr-o padure deasa in care baiatul isi va incepe calatoria catre tinutul salbaticiunilor. Max va imblanzi monstrii si va deveni regele lor, dar seara va fi apasat de singuratate si astfel decide sa se intoarca acasa, acolo unde il asteapta o cina calda.

Povestea a fost scrisa in 1963, dar inca este o carte de referinta, iar ilustratiile sunt nemaipomenite. Fiica-mea stia de personaj de la scoala, dar, de indata ce am terminat sa o citim si noi acasa mi-a sarit in brate si mi-a marturisit ca prefera sa ramana cu parintii decat sa devina o regina intr-un tinut indepartat.

Desi unii parinti au considerat povestea destul de inspaimantatoare pentru copii si ilustratiile nepotrivite, noua ne-a placut tare mult, mai ales ca stim ca trebuie sa acceptam si sa controlam monstrii din noi si din jurul nostru. Iar imaginea de la final a baietelului in comparatie cu cea de la inceputul cartii este remarcabila. Zambetul de pe fata lui spune totul.



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