Where the Wild Things will be

BEST BETS

May 25, 2000|By Tricia Bishop

"I knew I wanted to be a writer and illustrator before I even went to school," Maurice Sendak writes in his bio on the Educational Paperback Association's Web site. "I set my goal at the age of 4 or 5 and happily reached it."

At 4 or 5, many of us were content to wish for a future as a ballerina, firefighter or magician. But Sendak is not like many of us. His imagination churned out characters like Max and his glorious footie-pajama wolf suit for "Where the Wild Things Are."

Many of us have childhood memories of being tucked safely under covers and then serenaded by the soothing voice of a parent reading that Sendak classic.

This Friday at Barnes & Noble in White Marsh, introduce another generation to Max and the quest for mischief he's been on since the 1963 debut of "Where the Wild Things Are." During story time, kids can join in Max's delicious rebellion by embracing something wild when one of the book's characters comes to life. 10: 30 a.m., 8123 Honeygo Blvd., 410-933-9670.

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