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Max's Chocolate Chicken (Max and Ruby) Paperback – February 1, 2000

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How we love Max--the mischievous toddler rabbit who is often battling wits and wills with his bossy-boots older sister Ruby. Now it's time for the siblings' Easter egg hunt! Just as the festivities are about to begin, a secretive Easter Bunny places a huge chocolate chicken in the birdbath. "I love you," Max innocently declares to the edible chicken he covets. "Wait Max," warns Ruby. "First we must go on an egg hunt. If you find the most eggs then you get the chocolate chicken." But Max, who is still young enough to be distracted by mud puddles and marching ants, can't possibly focus on finding a single egg. When it becomes obvious that Ruby has collected the most (if not all) of the Easter eggs, Max takes drastic measures--as the youngest sibling often will--and steals the chicken. Rosemary Wells's expressive, giggle-funny illustrations (along with the board-book format) make this a perfect Easter story for toddlers as well as preschoolers, who will delight in Max's blatant misbehavior and relish the inevitable happy ending. (Baby to preschool) --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Irresistible Max is backthis time starring in a springtime book full of Easter surprises. When Max finds a chocolate chicken in the birdbath, big sister Ruby decides to organize an Easter egg hunt. Whoever finds the most eggs will get to eat Max's chocolate chicken, she says. Max tries to play Ruby's game, but like most toddlers, is easily distracted. When Ruby finds him making ant-and-acorn pancakes, she says, "Pull youself together . . . otherwise you'll never get the chocolate chicken." But Max knows better. While Ruby smugly counts all the eggs in her basket, Max steals his chocolate chicken, and, hiding beneath a tree, eats it all by himself. Ruby is aghast, until she discovers the chocolate duck the thoughtful Easter bunny has left for her. Like Wells's other Max books, the text is understated and perceptive; the funny illustrations are as beguiling as the natty Easter bunny himself. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1989 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
  • Lexile Measure: AD300L (What's this?)
  • Series: Max and Ruby
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; 37277th edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140566724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140566727
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I am a 2nd grader at Anna Merritt Elementary School. My name is Mitchell. I have been reading books by Rosemary Wells. My favorite book is MAX'S CHOCOLATE CHICKEN. My favorite part was when Max took the chocolate chicken and hid. He hid so his sister wouldn't find him.
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Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love this book. I am in school to be a teacher and found this book while doing a project and read it ten times. I laugh out loud each time I read it, it just gets better and better.
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Format: Board book
This book was so cute! It reminded me so much of me and my one sister. I used to always find her candy and sneak a piece or two (she took forever to eat hers!). My sisters and I all love each other and we're extremely close. Kids will be kids and have their little antics--that's what gives us times to look back on. It is also what makes us so close to each other. This book is one we read every single day during the Easter Season!
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Format: Paperback
My children asked me to read Max's Chocolate Chicken to them over and over. Max being Max, and a toddler to boot,charms his way out of trouble again.
I asked my children if what Max did was fair. They didn't think so, but understood that simple toddler urge to get that candy chicken and gobble it down.
I plan to send a copy to my 45-year-old sister as a reminder of all the chocolate chickens we shared as kids.
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Format: Paperback
This is the only book in the series that I've read and while my daughter seems to like it, my wife and I find it indescribably creepy. The Easter Bunny is kind of bizarre and looks like the kind of person you should NOT accept candy from. Max is disobedient and his sister is arrogant. If there's a character here that we should like, I'm not seeing it. The illustrations aren't cute, they're just sort of... off.
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My all time favorite Easter book. Video available on youtube and my grandkids love it. Really gets them prepped for their first Easter egg hunt. They'll watch the video or read the book again and again looking for the eggs.
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I love the Rosemary Wells books because Max can be so pesky and still wins at the end. Illustrations are great. They are gentle and funny and feel very true if you have a sibling! And yet it all works out in the end thanks to the Easter Bunny. Adorable and fun Easter tradition for our family.
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By A Customer on April 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
The best part about this book is realizing -- after several readings -- how Ruby, the older sister, tries to manipulate her little brother by telling him he has to win an egg hunt to win the chocolate chicken. But of course, big sister gets humbled (and her own chocolate chicken) in the end.
This book is my kids' favorite Max and Ruby book, but they are all good, especially Bunny Cakes.
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