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Ruby's Beauty Shop (Max and Ruby) Paperback – November 18, 2004

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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
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • 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: 9.1 x 0.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Simple, sweet picture book with another great adventure for Ruby and her brother Max as they play Beauty Shop-- beautifying themselves, their friend, Louise, and Grandma. Louise comes over with her deluxe Beauty Kit. Max wants to open the Beauty Kit, but the girls say, "No, you are our first customer!" With wigs, stick-nails, mousse, and make-up, the girls have fun with Max. Then they make over themselves. Too busy with their own creations, Max discovers the hair color and adds Lizard Green to dye his white fur. Sunflower Yellow goes on one foot and Ocean Blue on the other. Max answers the phone. It's Grandma, and the girls want to beautify her. But Grandma makes her first appointment with Max. Grandmas will identify with the Blond Bombshell wig and the beehive hairdo from the 50s and 60s. Kids will just get a kick out of the story.
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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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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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It's a cute story about Ruby and her mischievous little brother Max with great illustrations. We have borrowed it so many times from the library...it finally got lost. We bought this to replace it at the library. If you only pay fees the library doesn't necessarily get the book back..the money just goes in a fund.
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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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Format: Hardcover
Another delightful story from Rosemary Wells! This one is particularly funny with adorable illustrations. Max "borrows" Ruby's deluxe beauty kit, dyes himself green, and gives grandma a makeover. If you haven't already, start a collection of Max and Ruby books with this great title.
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