Make-Believe World

Make-Believe World

The basis of my dream world designs is the 1963 published, multi-award-winning children's book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1928-2012). In the story, the "bully" Max is sent to his room without dinner because he is so wild and wild. Suddenly everything in his room begins to "change" and he sails on the high seas to an exotic island full of great monsters and beasts. Max is not afraid. He stares into the terrifying, evil-shining eyes of the monsters until he conquers them and is soon celebrated as a "king". Together, a lot of Hullabaloo is held until he gets homesick and returns home. A steaming hot soup is waiting on the table ...

 

The author Sendak, who was often ill as a child and grew up in very poor conditions in New York, lost many of his Jewish family members from Poland during the Second World War in the Holocaust. He said that he had no happy childhood memories and saw his monsters in the book as a proxy of the non-conformist / uncivilized. "Children are by nature rude, like wild animals, and that's good," Sendak said. He not only characterized his book "Where the Wild Things Are" as a children's book, because the theme of the courage to face one's own fears and (hopefully) overcome them is a universal one.

The illusory world of little Max is shown in detail in the book. In the fantasy the boy goes alone on a long and dangerous sea journey, reaches an incredibly fascinating exotic island with unknown and threatening large animals, which he tames and finally befriends them. The great adventures are embedded in the superordinate psychological real story of (vital) security and love. Perhaps the author's own history resonates here.

At the beginning of the book, the reader might think that Max's mother punishes him hard and heartless, because he is sent to bed without food. But: end well, all right. In the room the unobtrusive, protective hand of the mother is felt. Little Max wakes up on the island, he smells the delicious soup and feels homesick ...

 
wilder max_kämpfer (helm farbenfroh, eckig)

wilder max_kämpfer (helm farbenfroh, eckig)

 
wilder max_tier (bauschig, am ärmel u kaputze rote streifen)

wilder max_tier (bauschig, am ärmel u kaputze rote streifen)

 
wilder max_könig (glänzend, kragen farbenfroh)

wilder max_könig (glänzend, kragen farbenfroh)

 
wilder max_lausbub (orange-weiß mit kaputze)

wilder max_lausbub (orange-weiß mit kaputze)

 
wilder max_träumer (weiß)

wilder max_träumer (weiß)