- Series: Max and Ruby
- Board book: 12 pages
- Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (January 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067088717X
- ISBN-13: 978-0670887170
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,186,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Max's First Word (Max and Ruby) Board book – January 1, 2004
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In one of the first books, Ruby is trying to expand toddler Max's vocabulary. He knows one word -- BANG -- and uses it often, with accompanying gestures. Ruby shows Max a cup. "Say CUP," she commands. "Bang," he replies. She shows him a pot, a broom, and egg, naming each item. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. He's still not catching on and now there's raw egg all over the floor.
Exasperated, Ruby helps Max into his high chair and shows him an apple, "Say APPLE, Max. YUM YUM, Max. Say YUM YUM."
Max takes a bite of the apple, then holds it aloft and repeats the new word he's learned. "DELICIOUS!"
The Max board books are great for babies and toddlers. If your kids are older, check out the picture books, which are even better than the board books.
This is a very short, very simple book and it can easily be read cover to cover in less than two minutes. The illustrations in this book are equally simplistic and they basically look just like the images taken from the Max and Ruby television cartoon series. There is little in the way of eye- catching artwork on the pages of this book. With a few minor exceptions, the background on the pages is blank. This makes the pages less than appealing visually, but it does serve one important purpose: To keep the child's attention focused on the words, the object Max is looking at, and the corresponding word Max needs to say.
This book is intended for the young toddler age group. It is manufactured as a board book, which means that youngsters will not be able to tear the pages and can basically take the book from place to place and use it as they wish without much noticeable wear and tear. The limited words and limited length make it just right for the one to four age group. The message and lesson about learning words is also right in line with this younger group of toddlers.Read more ›
In this particular book, the readers get a great perspective on Max, whose usual, simple verbalizations are evident (his one and only word is BANG!) but also made evident are the wheels that are constantly turning in his brain, when he, without prompt, comes out with "Delicious!" after biting into an apple. A good reminder that even our littlest ones are watching and learning even before they are talking.
Another short, simple, sweet Max and Ruby book to share with your child.
We have introduced the book to several friends and their children. The adults have all become Rosemary Wells addicts (like us) and the children always drag it out to hear it, asking "Bang? Bang?" I respect Wells' books because she is able to write stories simple enough for infants and toddlers to enjoy, full of clear pictures, that can still make parents laugh every time, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We used to read this book to our kids years ago and we would all laugh and laugh. The story is adorable, and Max reminded us of our son a lot. Read morePublished 5 months ago by K. T. Young
We read these books for our children and now they are being by our son and his wife to our granddaughter. There is the same reaction by her as that of her father and his sister.Published on February 26, 2014 by BUTCH L
This was always one of our children's favorite book. We still quote from it 45 years later. It is cleverly humerous, first books, first words.Published on February 10, 2014 by Elizabeth Waldron
Very happy with the book condition. Exactly as described, a little worn, but still in good condition. One Two ThreePublished on June 4, 2013 by Chris M.
Twenty-five years ago my son couldn't sleep without Max and his first word. Terrific book for children - Max is so intelligent and independent!Published on July 10, 2010 by goodshipsue
"Bang," said Max has been a family expression for many years, but we lost or gave away our copy "Max's First Word" years ago. The book is as wonderful as we remembered. Read morePublished on June 24, 2010 by Gerald T. Perkoff