I had a dedicated library in my house growing up. When I was younger, I would crawl under a chair drapped with a blanket to make it dark and just stare at the pictures in this book. Sometimes I'd put on my "dangerous" music, Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, and escape to wherever the wild things were. Escape. I think that is what the book is about. A temporary escape from childhood and the frustrations that come with it, and into the wide world of independence and freedom. I know that's why I could always relate to Max. I wonder if that is the draw for so many others.
And I have no love of Dr. Suess either. Now that one, I don't get. But my son does.