Originally Posted by paquerette
Okay yes, I seriously don't like WTWTA. Shoot me. I may be able to understand that it's just a story and that stories are not always to be taken literally etc., but my toddler can't. People who write children's stories really ought to take that into consideration. She has it, and we've read it, and talked about how Max's mama was wrong and sometimes mamas do the wrong thing. I mean, it's not horrible on the same scale as having to see people beat their kids in Walmart, but I like to keep her exposure to things like that to a minimum, and make sure they're not normalized.
Well, Max *was* chasing the dog with a fork.
Maybe he did that because he's an abused child? Anyway, the time in his room couldn't be long as his food was still warm.
Maybe Max's mother wasn't wrong. Maybe Max was really tired and needed his little nap to where the wild things are so he could join the world refreshed. He certainly looks relieved in that last pic. And what child hasn't experienced a feeling of not being understood? (I am sure some will chime in and say their child has never had a tantrum).
Honestly, kids like the absurd. And not every child buys the sweet rainbow world parents try to feed them. Most children get frustrated with parents or the world at times. These books recognize that life and emotions are complicated-- even for the child with perfect parents.
It's why I like No, David! Even if you hardly ever say no to kids, sometimes kids still feel controlled (no sugar, no tv, no reading books with a less than perfect view of the world). I think children can see the humor and can relate to this imperfection, no matter how much we adults can't.