Today I am adding a new feature to my blog. I am going to share some of the books that helped me become who I am.
Among the many favorite books I read as a child, I loved Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
To many professionals it is an amazing piece of literature because of its basis in psychoanalytical properties. But I was I kid. I didn’t care about any of that. And I still don’t. To me it is a wonderful trip into the imagination of a young boy. It also had several qualities that I could relate to as a child. Number one, I was super jealous of the wolf costume. Come on, who didn’t want a cool costume like that, or those of the lost boys in Peter Pan? And seriously, a trip to the island of the Wild Things, I would be in heaven.
I look at the book now, and see how simple of a book it is, yet I am still blown away at the impact it has on my mind. I still look at each page and feel the same magic I did when I was young, as Max’s bedroom slowly became a jungle. Now, I too can see the literary value of the book, but it will forever be an adventure for me, and not a classroom lesson. Saying all of that, I am putting Where the Wild Things Are as the first book on my book list. Both as a favorite read and as an inspiration to my own writing. My hope is that I will be able to send readers on their own fantastic adventures full of dreams and imagination.
What was one of your favorite books and why?