Let the Wild Rumpus Start

“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”

Homage to the late, great Maurice Sendak. The photo above is of my oldest daughter about two years ago who was obsessed with Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” book at the time. The movie came out shortly thereafter and it remains in her top 3 to this day. She was dawdling behind me, quite slowly, and then I turned to her and asked where that wild thing was? She gave me her best wild thing growl. I then had her repeat it for the camera.

I sharply remember WTWTA as child so it was a pleasure to see it stand the test of time in my children. All my kids love to be read to and my oldest is now venturing out into her own books and own habits. We have a ridiculous amount of children’s books stuffed in cabinets, shelves and under beds. But never have I witnessed a kid become so arrested by Sendak’s illustrations. Whatever he stumbled onto, it damn sure works. Looking back as an adult, I’ve noticed that his books turn towards the darker aspects of childhood, towards temper tantrums and not so super behaviors. Also in the books, the characters usually come to terms. Max gets the wild out and then misses his parents. He returns to the warmness of love (his meal) waiting at home. It’s been said before, but so much of his books are about kids as much as they are written for kids.

Processing notes: texture application and then tone tweaking in Lightroom. Then I searched out a font that was bit similar to the font used in the movie and added the text with border in Photoshop.

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7 thoughts on “Let the Wild Rumpus Start

  1. This image has a very 3D feel to it, like she’s popping right out of the image. Very cool. We still read to our kids every night, even though the oldest is 11 now. If she misses books (when she gets to bed too late), she’s always disappointed. She loves reading to herself too and consumes a book every few days. I have to admit that my kids have never seen WTWTA. I’ve always thought it would be too scary for the little ones.

    • Thanks, Mike. The movie wasn’t quite what I thought it to be, quickly realizing it was more of an adult movie than kids. My daughter was 4 and was wondering if I would have to take her out the theater. But surprisingly she loved it, wasn’t scared, and kept up with the basic story line. Again, I found the movie to be really about kids, specifically the mind of a little boy. The costuming and cinematography was brilliant.

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