Sendak, Maurice. Hard Cover. New York: Harper and Row, 1988. Very Good.
Illustrated by the author. 25th Anniversary edition. Charmingly signed and inscribed by Sendak to the first free leaf with a drawing of one of the wild things: "For Max [drawing] -Boo! / Maurice Sendak / Dec. '90". Publisher's quarter gray cloth and pictorial paper-covered boards, colorful illustrated endpapers; with a bookplate bearing the name "Max Wedder," identifying the inscribe as the donor who gifted the book to Madison Presbyterian Day School in 1992. A very good copy with wear to extremities, a few black spots scattered to upper left part of front board, transparent sticker remnants near spine foot to front and rear board, bookplate to recto of front free endpaper, Madison Presbyterian Day School rubber stamp to verso, and school library pocket to rear pastedown containing the original card bearing stamps from 1992 to 2006. Overall, a very nice copy with a charming provenance. The winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal, Where the Wild Things Are is Maurice Sendak's iconic children's book about a young boy who is sent to bed without supper and imagines himself in a fantasy jungle world where he is the king of the ferocious "wild things." A very personal book, the story is based on Sendak's childhood; the idea of "wild things" came from the Yiddish term "vilde chaya" or "wild animal" that was popular with his mother, the wild things themselves were based on his aunts and uncles, and the experience of being sent to bed without supper for being a "vilde chaya" was one that Sendak knew well. Although the book was initially criticized for its dark undertones, Sendak's keen ability to connect with the emotions and dreams experienced by children worldwide, paired with his exquisite illustrations, make this book a timeless classic. This book, inscribed to a recipient with the same name as the book's protagonist, was donated to the Madison Presbyterian Day School in 1992 by Max Wedder. In circulation for 14 years, the book bears signs of being well-loved by the schoolchildren who used it, and was retained by the school's library until 2019.