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Michael Freeman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.001.0001

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Where the Wild Things Really Are: Children’s Literature and the Law *

Where the Wild Things Really Are: Children’s Literature and the Law *

(p.47) Where the Wild Things Really Are: Children’s Literature and the Law*
Law and Popular Culture

Desmond Manderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, a piece of children's literature considered by many as one of the most influential stories for very young children on the cusp of literacy and on the verge of legality. Since its first publication in 1963, the book has gone through innumerable printings, been translated into dozens of languages, received all imaginable plaudits, and been subject to varied scholarly analyses. Sendak's book is about the emergence of law and the story respects children's behaviour and represents not only their intelligence but their emotional ambivalence.

Keywords:   Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak, children's literature, young children, literacy, legality, children's behaviour

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