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Wild.

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

I never read, or was read, Where the Wild Things Are as a child. I know this probably seems truly bizarre, given that I was reading on my own at such a young age, but I missed a lot of great picture books because of that very fact.

I still have not read this book, and I’m not sure if the time will come. I hope it does. But in the meantime, I saw the movie last year and loved the story very much, and am grateful to Mr Sendak for giving me the wonder of the wild things in my adulthood. I’m especially glad he was involved in the production of the film, and that he stuck with the director whose vision he favored even when it led to changing production studios.

I’m also incredibly grateful that Sendak trusted children to experience this film – both its visual effects and its raw emotion – without fear. He knew that it’s we adults who fear children feeling – and moreover, embracing – big anger, because we don’t know how to handle it ourselves. We don’t allow ourselves to just be pissed off at a situation that feels unfair and awful and gross; we have to behave like grownups and compose ourselves, and have forgotten how healthy a good wild rumpus can be. Thank you for the reminder, Mr Sendak, and for the permission.

Book shopping

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Just a quickie post with a list of titles I picked up during my hour-long perusal of the shelves at Goodwill today, as promised, and why I picked up each:

Roald Dahl, Boy – I adore Dahl, and have never read this one.

Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak – I’ve heard fantastic things about this and have wanted to read it for some time.

Pia Mellody, Facing Love Addiction – my therapist has done intensive work with this author and the title was close to that of another book that was recently recommended and which I’ve not yet found. A brief perusal made it seem worth a go.

David Wroblewski, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – another book blogger favorite that has been on my list for a while.

Jerry Spinelli, Wringer – I will read everything he writes, ever. Hadn’t heard of this, didn’t even bother to read the blurb, just went with it.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. I thought I got this through Bookmooch at one point, but it was actually a biography, not her diary. I’ve not read this since I was a girl, and am curious to see if it strikes the same chord now as it did then.

Hope Larson, Mercury – this is the only real wild card in the bunch. Never heard of the book or author, but I’m broadening my graphic novel collection and this seemed a possible winning addition.

Yay, new books, especially when all this plus a Young Players Edition subsidiary Trivial Pursuit card set only cost me $12.52!