I didn't read this book as a child and I confess I didn't read it as an adult because I was jealous of Maurice Sendak's mega success (hah, adult child!). Finn came home last weekend and bought the DVD. Omigod, it's amazing. This is where art meets entertainment and fun meets depth. An incredible film which sends your mind off on all kinds of tangents even as you are feeling every emotion imaginable and feasting your eyes. It's ingenious the way these big muppet-things evince emotion and call them up in you. Highly recommended!