Bunny Party by Rosemary Wells
(Max & Ruby)

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When Ruby invites seven stuffed toy guests to Grandma's birthday party, they all answer YES. Max wants to invite his Jellyball Shooter Spider, his Space Cadet, and his Can't-Sit-Up Slug, but Ruby says no. Yet each time Ruby counts the number of places at the table, another guest has mysteriously appeared. Is Ruby having a bad counting day? Or is someone having a little fun with the guest list? One part musical chairs, one part counting trickery, and all parts Max, this hilarious new story is Max and Ruby at their best!

Rosemary Wells is the acclaimed author of more than sixty books for children, including the Max and Ruby books, and Timothy Goes to School, now a PBS animated television series.

 

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Rosemary Wells, author and illustrator of several dozen books for children and young adults, was born in 1943 in New York City. She studied at the Museum School at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Wells began her career in publishing, working as an art editor and designer first at Allyn and Bacon and later at Macmillan Publishing. Her first work, which she both wrote and illustrated, was Martha's Birthday, published in 1970. Her first work for young adults was The Fog Comes on Little Pig Feet, published in 1972. Wells is perhaps most famous for the Max series, beginning with Max's First Word, published by Dial in 1979. Although the primary audience for the series is very young children, the books appeal to the senses of humor of even small children. Wells says that the inspiration for these stories is her own children. Wells is the recipient of numerous awards including a Children's Book Council Award for Noisy Nora in 1974, the Edgar Allan Pie award for two young adult books, Through the Looking Glass and When No One Was Looking, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Shy Charles. Rosemary Wells is married to Thomas Moore Wells, an architect. The couple has two daughters.
 
Published September 10, 2001 by Viking Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Wells (McDuff Goes to School, below, etc.) must have a secret key not only to the heart of toddlerhood but to the very core of sibling relationships, as she proves once again in her latest Ruby and Max adventure.

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Yummy endpapers, overflowing with candy corn, peppermints and other vaguely recognizable sweets, foreshadow Max's triumph, while the efficient text eschews subtleties such as thoughts or transitions, and focuses on action.

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Just when it seems that matters can get no worse, each bunny is transported to an extraordinary locale: Far beyond the moon and stars, / Twenty light-years south of Mars, / Spins the gentle Bunny Planet / And the Bunny Queen is Janet.

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It's kitchen chaos as Wells's beloved Max and Ruby become bunnies who bake.

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Books for youngest readers featuring well-known characters are back in books with new sizes and formats.

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All Max and Ruby learn is that spending stops when the money runs out.) Wells's jolly paintings are simultaneously crisp and cozy, depicting Max and Ruby in their characteristically bright outfits, and spot illustrations of Ruby's wallet and bills allow kids to perform some simple subtraction as ...

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Max's summertime letter to Santa (marked only with tire tread marks, to indicate his desire for a new scooter) instead arrives at Grandma's house (thanks to an enterprising postman).

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""It's kitchen chaos when Max and Ruby become bunnies who each bake a cake for Grandma's birthday.

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But each time Ruby sets the table, Max not only replaces Ruby's guests with his own, he also adds a few more in the process.

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