1. Max’s wolf costume is not a disguise.
2. Darkness makes us susceptible to the irrational. We lose our grip, if only slightly. That scratching noise could be a monster.
3. The colour yellow is suggestive of cowardice or being pissed off. Do the yellow eyes of the wild things signify melancholy?
4. Words in patterns, making rhythms, like a spell.
5. The boat bears his name. It could be argued that this delightful little vessel is not so much Max’s property as a symbol of him.
6. We’ve all met the wild things. When we look at their pictures they don’t surprise us.
7. Art is a wild rumpus.
8. Max’s crown doesn’t fit. He doesn’t know how to enjoy his despotism. Mimicking mummy, he loses himself.
9. What does Max’s mum look like? She’s a voice, a reproach, morality, accepted values. In Freudian terms, she may represent the superego.
10. Max’s dream recurs every time anyone reads the book.
11. The offer of a homecoming: “We’ll eat you up, we love you so!”
12. Max’s tale is one of transgression, forgiveness and redemption. But don’t let that put you off.
13. Everything I have ever written has been a variation on Where the Wild Things Are.
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