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Where the Wild Things Are Summary

By Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are Summary

One Wild Night

Max is having a tough night, and that means everyone around him—his mom, his teddy bear, the family dog—is, too.

When Max's mom can't take his mischief anymore, she sends him to his room. But Max, who clearly has a vivid imagination, takes this timeout as an opportunity to sail off to the land of wild things where, for a little while at least, Max is in control. When he's done being king of the wild things and is ready to be a little boy again, he returns to his room, where he finds that his mom has delivered his dinner, still piping hot.