Beyond Where the Wild Things Are: Favorite Beasties of KidLit

“The night wore Max his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him ‘WILD THING!’” So goes the first line of Maurice Sendak’s  51-year-old classic, Where the Wild Things Are. It might be a royal drag minding your own hooligan, but mischief and mayhem make for great stories. For fun, I’ve made a list of my favorite and biggest pain-in-the-ass beasties—both little human ones and actual beasties— in the history of picture books, along with their creators. And if you haven’t run into them already, invite them into your summer reading. Who’s your favorite beastly character in kid lit? Readers, feel free to add in the comments section…

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