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Where the wild things are furry

August 7, 2009 | 12:46 pm

In June, I heard about a version of "Wild Things" by Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze with a fur cover, but I didn't quite believe it. As you can see: believe it.

"Wild Things" is a 300-page book for 9- to 12-year-old readers, an expanded version of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are" picture book. It's coming out in October, timed, of course, to coincide with the release of the "Where the Wild Things Are" movie, directed by Jonze and scripted by Jonze and Eggers.

"I've never seen a movie that looked or felt like this," Sendak said at Comic-Con, "and it's his personal 'this.' And he's not afraid of himself. He's a real artist that lets it come through the work. So he's touched me very much. He has touched me very much."

Who knows if that also applies to the tactile book above. I don't know -- it looks, um, matted. And kind of creepy. But maybe that's the point.

And because I can't help but look forward to the movie, the latest trailer is after the jump.

-- Carolyn Kellogg