She shouldn't have sent her child to bed with no dinner, that is just mean..
You know what's mean? Chasing a dog around with a fork.
Sending a kid to bed without desert is much more appropriate
He gets a big slice of cake at the end. So punishment for acting out and being a "wild thing" is he gets dessert.
Remember folks, this book was banned when it originally came out in 1967.
While I'm sure there's a lot of "meaning" to this story that you're filling in the gaps, it just didn't do it for me in the same way. And while I do like Maurice Sendak's art, I thought his other books were a whole lot better. In The Night Kitchen was something I really enjoyed.. though I haven't read it in a long time, so maybe my opinion on it will change like WTWTA.
I mean, Maurice Sendak's books were a bit out there. They seem to have some serious undertones mixed in. His book Outside Over There
is based around a surreal kidnapping, has undertones of child sexual abuse, and was turned into the movie Labyrinth. But Where The Wild Things Are just felt... like it rewards brats.
Guess it's just a matter of watching the film to see Spike Jonze run wild with his take on it. Because really, there's no way anyone can say the book was better in this situation.