I'd never read or even heard of "Where the Wild Things Are" when I was a Strange kid.
I'd always thought that book was a staple for every child growing up. You might be the first person I've heard of that's never read it.
That's pretty much the reaction I get when I mention this. It's not like I grew up in a bubble or anything either. I read all the other books kids read at that time. Wrinkle in Time, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wizard of Earthsea, Narnia, and dozens of others. But a couple years ago, when that film came out I remember thinking that the title sounded vaguely familiar, like I'd heard it before, but that was it. A friend saw the preview and was like "OMG! That was my favorite story growing up!!!", and was shocked when I got this puzzled look on my face and told him I'd never heard of it before and had no clue what it was about. I hung out with a lot of friends in grade school who all read lots of books, and we talked about them and shared them all the time, but I don't recall a single one of them ever mentioning it or telling me "you've got to read this", like they did with tons of other books they'd read.
Did I really miss anything?