We start off this post with a work beloved by generations of children and more than a few adults as well that was written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak whose amazing illustrated work many of us greatly admire and it would eventually become a film which would in turn begat a full-length novel with not an illustration to be seen… So how did it fare as it moved through its evolution from one medium to others? Let’s find out…
First up is a look at the source material — ‘It happens every so often that I find myself asked to write a ‘review’ of something that is so deeply embedded in our culture and such an integral part of our collective experience that my first impulse is to run off and find a place to hide. In the case of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are (another of those children’s classics that somehow I escaped reading when I was a child), it was daunting, at least a little, but it was also a lot of fun.
Our review of The Wild Things film ‘may not entirely jibe with the mainstream perception’ says our reviewer: ‘it was easy enough to look at the pedigree of the folks doing the adaptation and be afeared that it was going to come out as some sort of post-ironic hipster valentine to the notion of putting your furry suit on and just being your own wild thing. Thankfully, the film isn’t that at all.’
As regards The Wild Things novel that came out of the film, our reviewer for it says it ‘is Dave Eggers’ foray into the universe of Maurice Sendak, a novelization based on Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Eggers’ own collaboration with Spike Jonze on the screenplay for the film of the same title.’ Now go see why he calls it ‘a mixed bag.’