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Max and Ruby's Bedtime Book Hardcover – September 21, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Max and Ruby
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Edition edition (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067001141X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670011414
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 10.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are more than 40 books about the bunny Max and his rivalry with his big sister, Ruby. Here, once again, the little rebel is ignored and belittled, until he triumphs in the end, often with the support of Grandma. In one scenario, Max and Ruby beg for bedtime stories, and Grandma tells them three stories about themselves. In another, Ruby and her friend Louise play restaurant, and Max refuses their offer to be dishwasher. Instead, he whips up a terrific dessert––chocolate mousse made with shampoo and potting soil––much to Grandma’s delight. Max also triumphs over the authority-figure lifeguard at the lake, proving that a small kid can perform a heroic rescue. The detailed pictures, composed of ink, watercolor, colored pencil, and collage, include lots of white space that highlights the siblings’ stand-offs, and it is the moments of meanness and rebellion that make the story’s snuggly conclusion so cozy. Preschool-Grade 1. --Hazel Rochman

About the Author

Rosemary Wells is the author of more than 40 books about Max and Ruby. She lives in Connecticut.

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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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Adults will delight in the deadpan, tongue in cheek humor of this witty author.
Tania I. Arias
Max and Ruby is one of my grandson favorite shows on TV and he loves for his Dad to read the stories to him.
Judy H Prince
The colors are bright and attractive, the book is substantial, and perfect for bedtime stories.
Joanna Beckman

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BPK on November 4, 2011
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I have a two-year-old daughter who was recently introduced to Rosemary Wells by way of her Bunny Planet books while visiting grandparents. As that was a huge hit I decided to give something else by Rosemary Wells a try. Since then we have bought or checked out from the library a number of Max and Ruby books.
This is a lovely book with 3 stories involving Max and Ruby. The thread tying them together is that Grandma agrees to tell them a bedtime story and then they beg for another, and finally another, before they fall asleep.
If you have read and enjoyed other Max and Ruby books, you will find much familiar here, with Max always finding his own way to do things. As my two-year-old likes to say, "Silly Max!"
A downside to this book is that it at least with my daughter, if you stop after the first or second story, you will get quite a bit of protest. "Finish it!" If you buy this book, you can expect to have to read it over and over as it will be asked for.
Other Max and Ruby favorites: Bunny Mail and Bunny Cakes. Max's Dragon Shirt is not bad either. Max's Clean Up isn't quite as big a hit with our family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gemma on April 5, 2011
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Three delightful Ruby and Max stories told by Gramma about the events of growing up.
Rosemary Wells provides more of her whimsical rabbit stories so dear to the toddler audience.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mum of one on November 22, 2010
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My daughter is almost 3 years old, and we have been reading Rosemary Well's books for a long time. We love all of them.
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By del l perry on February 23, 2014
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Who wouldn't like Max & Ruby. Wouldn't you love to have a sister who had infinite patience no matter what her little brother did. Perfect for the under 6 crowd.
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Our granddaughter just turned two and she loves Max & Ruby. We have several of the books and DVDs and she is enthralled with all of them. Max& Ruby are her most favorite DVDs as she doesn't want to watch anything else. Highly recommend this book and any other Max & Ruby items. The simple, low key and pleasant stories are perfect for little ones. Too much on tv/dvd for kids today is frenetically paced, high energy, loud and obnoxious. Not so with Max & Ruby. She is a very busy two year-old yet, they always hold her interest without the loud, attention grabbing tactics of some shows. Sweet stories in the books seem to match up to some of the DVDs. Max & Ruby always show tolerance and understanding even when little brother Max is getting under big sister Ruby's skin....and the stories always end up with little Max having something to offer his bigger and "all-knowing" sister Ruby. Our granddaughter even plays pretend Max & Ruby story lines on her own.....so fun to watch her incorporate some of their antics into her own play. Based on our granddaughter's love of all things Max & Ruby, I highly recommend this book.
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See my earlier review of "Max Makes A Friend". I had referenced the anticipation of a more "adult" series of M&R, R&M books and thought this was the springboard. After reading a few chapters I realized that it was not, however the quality of writing, the lesson learned, etc. were all there. Typical M&R, R&M.
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Max and Ruby is one of my grandson favorite shows on TV and he loves for his Dad to read the stories to him.
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