About this book
Dave Eggers' novelisation of Maurice Sendak's timeless children's classic, now in paperback. Max is a 7-year old who likes to make noise and get dirty, behaviour seen as wilful and deranged in 2007. His home life is also problematic, and driven by internal and external pressures he jumps in a boat and sails across the ocean to a strange island where giant beasts reign. This is an all-ages adventure, full of wit and soul, exploring the chaos of youth while Max explores the chaos of the world around him.
Max likes to make noise, get dirty, ride his bike without a helmet and howl like a wolf. In any other age he would have just been considered a boy. These days he is considered wilful and deranged. After a row with his mother, Max runs away.