No offense to the genius of Spike Jonze, but my kids more heartily enjoyed watching Maurice Sendak’s beloved classic story "Where the Wild Things Are" and five more stories animated in Sendak's own hand than the much-hyped feature film this weekend.
The DVD they adore and want to watch over and over is Where the Wild Things Are...and 5 More Stories by Maurice Sendak from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. And I have 3 more copies for give away to you guys!
Each story on the disc has an enhanced read-along function which highlights the words as they are read. My early reader Charlie loved reading along with his favorite tales.
Do you remember watching film strips or television specials as a kid in the '70s and '80s of Sendak's stories, with the books sung by Carole King? Her musical compositions to Sendak's words are included in the DVD along with the Sendak tales“Pierre,” “One Was Johnny,” “Alligators All Around,” “Chicken Soup with Rice,” and “In the Night Kitchen.” Also included are special Where the Wild Things stickers (2 pages, so my kids didn't even have to share) and a behind-the-scenes interview with Sendak himself on the special features.
This DVD is part of the Scholastic Storybook Treasures line of DVDs that animate and bring to life kids' favorite classic tales.
Want to win one of three copies of the Sendak DVD for your kid (and admit it - yourself)? Just leave a comment below and you'll be entered for the random drawing in one week. Tweet about this contest for an extra entry with something like "@jessicaAPISS is holding wild rumpus of a giveaway Sendak DVDs: http://bit.ly/apisswildrumpus."
Note: My kids and I received a free review copy.