November 23, 2013, was the 50th anniversary of the lauded children’s book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. It tells the story of a young boy, Max, who is sent to bed without supper after causing a ruckus as a self-declared “Wild Thing”. But soon he is powered by his imagination beyond his room and into a world where being a Wild Thing can make you a King.
After a night of revelry with other Wild Things, however, Max wakes up hungry and lonely and missing his mom. He wakes up to find his supper waiting, still hot.
The New York Times wrote of Sendak:
“Never mind that Mr. Sendak’s originality and emotional honesty have changed the shape of children’s literature; that his work is featured in museums; that he has designed costumes and sets for operas, ballets and theater; that he has won a chest full of awards and prizes including a National Medal of the Arts. As the playwright Tony Kushner, one of his collaborators, said, ‘He’s one of the most important, if not the most important, writers and artists ever to work in children’s literature. In fact, he’s a significant writer and artist in literature. Period.’”
In this wonderful tribute, anchors and guests of the TODAY Show read the story aloud, here.
You can also see President Obama read the book, in the video below.