Originally published in 1962
Source: we own it
"Pierre" is the story of young Pierre who refuses to do anything his parents tell tell him to do and never says anything more than "I don't care." It's just that attitude that gets him into trouble when he meets a lion. As he always does, Sendak blends dark (Pierre is eaten by the lion) with light and his poetry with his delightful artwork, all combined to teach the reader a moral.
First Published in 1963
Source: a gift for my son when he was born
One night Max puts on his wolf suit a creates mischief of one kind and another, earning a trip to his room without supper. While there Max forest grows in Max's room and a private boat comes by and takes Max away to where the wild things are. Max soon tames the wild things and becomes their king but after a time he is forced to send them off to bed without their supper and decides he wants to be "where someone loved him best of all."
My favorite part of our copy of this book is the inscription our friend wrote in it when they gave it to my son:
"Always remember..., even when you are a "Wild Thing" you can always go back to be where someone loves you best of all."It's a simply story with a wonderful lesson and I'm so happy that our friend made it a personal message, one all children need to know.
I re-read both of these books for the "You've Got Mail" Challenge.