“And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!”
Believe it or not, Where The Wild Things Are was also a banned book. It took Maurice Sendak four years to get the editors to agree to publish his book. They were afraid that the story of rebellion, punishment and escape was too much for children. After it was published, it began to get pulled from library shelves and stores throughout the South.
I, for one, am quite thankful that this book survived the censors and made its way into my nighttime ritual as a child. I was very much a wild thing and as you can see by this photograph of my nephew above, it runs in the family.