Best Books: Where The Wild Things Are



“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak has become a classic, soon to be pop culture icon with the

upcoming release of the major motion picture version of the story.


First published in 1963, the book won the Caldecott Medal as the “Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year” a

year later. Over the past few years, Urban Outfitters brought the book back into our grown up hearts by selling

home decor and clothing items displaying its front page image.


The memorable illustrations have been recognized as the reason for the books popularity and cult like following.

Though the plot of the book and images are based on fantasy, the real consequences of the main character Max

make the reality in the story relatable to children and parents alike.


In the story, Max gets up to some mischeif  in his wolf suit which restults in a scolding from his mother where she

calls him a “Wild Thing” andsends him to bed without any supper.


Rather than going to sleep as instructed, Max’s imagination transforms his bedroom into an extraordinary space, with

a forest, an ocean, a little boat and a land full of “wild things.”


The images in the book make the “wild things” look quite fierce, but Max is able to tame them and is soon made into

their king.


Eventually, Max decides he misses his mother and sails back to his own room where he finds his supper

waiting for him. If you have not yet introduced this book to your child, now is the time to do it

(as long as they are 3+). You can easily find Where The Wild Things Are at your local bookstore.


You can also re-visit your own memories of the book from November 27 – January 3 in London, where the

Illustration Cupboard will be showcasing the wonderful artwork found in “Where the Wild Things Are” in

a free exhibition for illustration fans.

Easy Apple Crisp



What You Will Need:

5 cups apples peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh

1/3 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon ground

1/2 teaspoon allspice ground

Dash nutmeg ground

1/4 cup wheat germ toasted

1 cup oats old-fashioned

1/2 cup nuts chopped

1/3 cup butter melted or margarine


What To Do:

1. Heat oven to 375°.

2. Place apple slices in a greased 8-inch square shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice.

3. Let the kids combine dry ingredients with oats and nuts while you mix in melted butter or margarine until

mixture is crumbly. Let the children sprinkle the mixture over the apples.

4. Put in oven and bake about 25 to 35 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm or cold topped with ice cream.

Mustard Pork Cutlets


Serve this dish with salad and potatos!


What You Will Need:

2 eggs

2 tablespoons mustard

2 pounds pork loin cutlets

1 cup bread crumbs

3 tablespoons oil


What To Do:

1. Blend eggs and mustard together in a shallow pie pan and set aside.

2. Dip pork cutlets in egg mixture and coat them with bread crumbs.

3. Heat oil in a pan and add the pork, heating on both sides until cooked through!

Crumpet Cafe

The Crumpet Café located in Battersea has to be one of the most family-friendly establishments in London with space for

buggies, a play area for children and loos that are sized perfectly for a family.


It is the perfect place to spend time with friends, with or without your kids in tow. Kids can enjoy the play area while

adults can enjoy proper tea, with a wide selection of teas served traditionally (not in a bag) with sugar cubes, scones

with jam and clotted cream.


The café supports local business by having all of their food supplied from the U.K, most of which is from right here

in London.


Their London supplies include bread, scones and muffins from the Lighthouse, ham from Hennesseys, cheese

from Hamish Johnson and cakes baked by two local mothers.


While their U.K supplies include their brownies, flapjacks and shortbread come from a cowshed in Dorset, their

jams and pickles made in a barn in Yorkshire and their ginger beer and lemonade from Luscombe Farm in Devon.


So if you feel like supporting the local economy in a bit of an indulgent way, while also ensuring the kids are

entertained, get on your favorite source of public transport or hop in the car and head down to 66 Northcote

Road in Battersea, SW11 6QL or check out their website at

Fairy Tale Wonderland



One of the most enchanting exhibitions this season has been going on at the V+A Museum of Childhood with

their Wonderland Exhibition.


The exhibition has been on display since 26 September and will run until 10 January, 2010. Admission is free

and opening times are 10:00AM to 5:45PM daily with a late night opening until 9:00PM on the first Thursday

of every month!


The fairy tale themed exhibit features 80 works by East London Printmakers displaying myths, folk legends and

fairytales from all over the world including Denmark’s  Hans Christian Anderson and Germany’s Brothers Grimm, popular

stories like Hansel and Gretel and The Ugly Duckling.


Families can take part in a variety of workshops and events that relate to the Wonderland exhibition, including

arts and crafts sessions and there’s an adults only evening of entertainment on Thursday 3rd December, which

includes free beer and wine and a tour around the exhibition.

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