Friday, June 5, 2009

where someone loved him best of all.

One of the things that I love most of Where the Wild Things Are is that it is all up to Max. And though those Wild Things "roared their terrible roars" and "rolled their yellow eyes" he's in control. He was in control from the start.

I can't think of a better way to express this than with a comment I read about the project :

"Also it taps into the notion of value being a voluntary choice. Max doesn't have to go home, he is not in danger or in any way forced to, but he chooses to go home because he misses his family.

I think for a child the idea of being a free agent like this - of choosing to love and miss your family (or anything), rather than feeling bound or dominated/controlled by [those] feelings is a powerful and very self-validating one." - Patrick G. (

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And this quote might just sum it up for me :

"The point is, [Sendak's] children do survive. They always survive. They look horror in the face and walk by with a sniff." - Jonathon Jones (The Guardian)