'Where the Wild Things Are" was a favorite of my son's as well, Kas. It was also among the few children's books I could read aloud over and over without thinking I was going to go insane. I once saw Maurice Sendak at a bookseller's convention quite a few years ago. I was star struck yet had the audacity to walk up to him and ask him to sign a poster of his upcoming book for me because I knew my son would be so pleased. If I would have read recent interviews, I would have been too afraid to do so. He was very charming and happy to sign it. I was saddened to learn he is no longer with us.
I used my copy of Where the Wild Things Are for years as a teaching aid for its stunning drawings. I have done a great many things in my long and sorry life including teaching "Drawing for the Terrified" classes to nervous adults - Sendak's drawing style is such a good example to show to beginners. My kids loved the book too