Friday, January 13, 2006

Portals and "Where the Wild Things Are"

David Baddiel writes of portals and children's books for the Times, focusing on "the most obvious portal...a child’s bedroom" used in Where the Wild Things Are.

Baddiel's reading of Where the Wild Things Are is spot on. He writes, "The key to Sendak’s success, and to the continuing hipness of his book, is that its hero is not a good child: he is in every sense a bad boy, semi-feral, half boy, half wolf...We know that Max has learnt virtually nothing and is almost certain to disobey his mother the next time that she tells him to take off his wolf suit."

Where the Wild Things Are is somehow being made into a movie directed by Spike Jonze and written by Dave Eggers. I sure hope it is a better movie than most "inspired by" picture books.