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Rosemary Wells's adorable bunny siblings Max and Ruby are back—-this time with their friend Louise and her Deluxe Beauty Kit complete with wigs, makeup, and instant stick-on nails. Max, as it turns out, is the first customer-victim at the beauty shop. He gets nailed and wigged and moussed and made up until he actually looks a little like Tammy Faye. But what's this? The beauty shop hot line is ringing, and the First Lady needs a shampoo and set! The Queen wants a manicure! As Louise and Ruby distract themselves with just-pretend celebrities, Max decides to make his own fashion statement, with a little help from "Rock-around-the-Clock Hair Color." Next thing you know he is Lizard Green. And Sunflower Yellow. And Ocean Blue. In the end, not even Grandma is safe from Louise's beauty bag! Children who are fascinated by "beauty-enhancing" accoutrements will giggle at the sight of bunny makeovers in this slight but cute Max and Ruby book. (Ages 4 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Louise brings her Deluxe Beauty Kit over to Ruby's house, and she and Ruby give Max a makeover in Ruby's Beauty Salon by Rosemary Wells. When Grandma calls, she asks Max to do her makeup and she's in for a surprise!
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Series: Max and Ruby
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (November 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142401943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142401941
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in New York City, Rosemary Wells grew up in a house "filled with books, dogs, and nineteenth-century music." Her childhood years were spent between her parents' home near Red Bank, New Jersey, and her grandmother's rambling stucco house on the Jersey Shore. Most of her sentimental memories, both good and bad, stem from that place and time. Her mother was a dancer in the Russian Ballet, and her father a playwright and actor. Mrs. Wells says, "Both my parents flooded me with books and stories. My grandmother took me on special trips to the theater and museums in New York. "Rosemary Wells's career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two enormous, definitive editions, published by Candlewick. Wells wrote and illustrated Unfortunately Harriet, her first book with Dial, in 1972. One year later she wrote the popular Noisy Nora. "The children and our home life have inspired, in part, many of my books. Our West Highland white terrier, Angus, had the shape and expressions to become Benjamin and Tulip, Timothy, and all the other animals I have made up for my stories." Her daughters Victoria and Beezoo were constant inspirations, especially for the now famous "Max" board book series. "Simple incidents from childhood are universal," Wells says. "The dynamics between older and younger siblings are common to all families."But not all of Wells' ideas come from within the family circle. Many times when speaking, Mrs. Wells is asked where her ideas come from. She usually answers, "It's a writer's job to have ideas." Sometimes an idea comes from something she reads or hears about, as in the case of her recent book, Mary on Horseback, a story based on the life of Mary Breckenridge, who founded the Frontier Nursing Service. Timothy Goes to School was based on an incident in which her daughter was teased for wearing the wrong clothes to a Christmas concert. Her dogs, west highland terriers, Lucy and Snowy, work their way into her drawings in expression and body position. She admits, "I put into my books all of the things I remember. I am an accomplished eavesdropper in restaurants, trains, and gatherings of any kind. These remembrances are jumbled up and changed because fiction is always more palatable than truth. Memories become more true as they are honed and whittled into characters and stories."

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael K on May 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My 3 yr old and 4 year old took instantly to this book --especially Max's iconoclastic take on how to play beauty shop "his way" and the blonde bombshell wig. Grandma always makes a wise choice at the end of these stories, but the real fun is in the illustrations, the expressions on the bunnies' faces, and Rosemary Wells' understated sense of humor. The whole series is fun for the kids and even the adults who have to read the story to them nightly. Both kids are enchanted and now playing "beauty shop" is a standard pastime for them. If you like this one, you'll also enjoy Bunny Party and Bunny Money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pam - because someone must be a thorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Okay, this might not make the top ten list of every little boy, but it is a really cute book that my daughter (6) and her little brother (just turned 4) like. The artistry and expressions is quintessential Wells, as is her word choice. There is just no one else I can think of who would use the phrase "blonde bombshell wig" in a children's book.

Four Stars. [B+]. Good read-aloud. Good story. Great art. Rosemary Wells always brings a fresh approach to her sister/brother stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott D Gauss on November 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Max gets made over by Ruby and her friend Louise. When Ruby and Louise gets distracted, Max decides its his turn to have fun!
This book may be called "Ruby's Beauty Shop", but for me, the hero is always Max. If you're a Max and Ruby fan looking for another Max and Ruby book, you'll find this book to be a lot of fun. Rosemary Wells avoids falling into a formula with this new book showing Ruby playing pretend with a friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Ruby and her friend Louise have everything they need for their new beauty shop - except somebody to try it out on. Enter brother Max, who becomes the guinea pig in their experiments. True to Max form, however, he decides to play Beauty Shop his way - with revolutionary results.
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My sister-in-law and I bought this book for our 3-year old neice who loves Max and Ruby. She had a huge birthday party and we were shocked to find out that no one else got her this book. In fact, no one else had ever even seen it. Our neice thought this was her best gift by far and carries this book around with her while she's at home and asks to have it read to her constantly.
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By keddyesue on October 25, 2013
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my 2 year old loves Max and Ruby. She loved this book. Cute!! just like the tv show, Max is Ruby's guinea pig and ends up getting his way.
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By Sarah on October 2, 2013
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but she loves to play beauty shop so i'm hoping soon she will love it. nice book for ruby and max fans
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By Kat on December 25, 2012
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My daughter got a kick out of this book. Max gets turned green and grandma is hot pink. Too cute.
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