This exercise asks that you do an in-depth examination of one picturebook, Where the Wild Things Are. Guidelines: -Answer all of the following questions. You may organize the exercise by writing one or two paragraphs about the questions and numbering your responses, rather than by integrating the responses into an essay. But do not give one or two word answers. Each answer has to be backed up with an explanation. Remember that multiple interpretations are possible for elements such as characterization, so your reasoning is as important as your answer. Please format your paper using MLA guidelines. (See the explanation for this in the Information Central area.) Questions: 1. Pages 21-22 of the book show Max crowned as king and the wild things paying homage to him, with the pages joined as one long picture. (The text on these pages reads, “and made him king of all wild things. ‘And now,’ cried Max, ‘let the wild rumpus start!’”) Analyze the composition of the elements in this picture for their balance and how this adds to our understanding of the plot and/or character. 2. Pages 31-32 of the book show a good example of “directed tension”. (These pages show Max sailing away in his boat on the left, with the wild things on the right. The first line of page 31 is, “But the wild things cried, ‘Oh please don’t go–we’ll eat you up–we love you so!’” What information in the pictures agrees with the text? What information in the pictures seems to go beyond the text to show us opposing or extra information? 3. In what ways does the protagonist grow and change during the story? 4. Assess the quality of the language of the book. Is it accurate for the illustrations, economical, and likely to appeal to children? 5. Other than Max, the only characters in the book are “wild things,” which have “terrible teeth” and “terrible eyes” and “terrible claws.” How do the illustrations “soften” the impression of these wild things in order to make the book less frightening for young children?

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