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>Wild Thing, I think I . . .

>. . . well, I don’t know what to think of the new Spike Jonze movie but luckily Claire does and she tells you here.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. GraceAnne LadyHawk says:

    >We saw this tonight. It's not a movie for children, but for adults. It's pretty brilliant in many ways.

    The first twenty minutes are possibly the best artistic presentation of the inside of an angry, lonely, and hurt child I have ever experienced.

  2. GraceAnne LadyHawk says:

    >Claire's review, by the way, is near perfect. It expresses elegantly much of what I thought.

  3. >Claire's review is a thing of beauty. I wish I picked up some of the nuances she did instead of sitting there wishing the wild things would stop talking. I can't think of a line of their dialog I would have missed. Jeannine Atkins

  4. Monica Edinger says:

    >I've now seen it twice, the first time with adults and the second with 4 6th graders. The kids will be blogging about it. One has already (

    I did too, actually, after the viewing with adults.

  5. jimmyprell says:

    >I thought this review was great. I was especially troubled that the filmmakers felt a need to turn Max's boyish play into a manifestation of Deeper Issues.

    Can't boys play anymore without it meaning something? Aren't we all Wild Things — or do we need to feel sad about Daddy?

    But yes, visually brilliant, inventive, etc. And a very hard film to make. Unfortunately, the Wild Things themselves became Ideas, and toothless.

    A mixed bag. But a great review!

  6. >Freud.

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