Max and Ruby's Bedtime Book

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Time for bed—but first a story!

"Just one more story," beg Max and Ruby, so Grandma tells one more and then another of their very favorite stories, the ones about the things they did when they were younger bunnies. Bursting with Wells's exuberant pictures, this large format book will delight fans of the beloved bunny siblings who star in their own show on Nick Jr.

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Time for bed—but first a story!

"Just one more story," beg Max and Ruby, so Grandma tells one more and then another of their very favorite stories, the ones about the things they did when they were younger bunnies. Bursting with Wells's exuberant pictures, this large format book will delight fans of the beloved bunny siblings who star in their own show on Nick Jr.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Like many children, Max and Ruby want to hear story after story before bed, and Grandma complies in this compilation of three adventures. Grandma tells of the time Ruby and her friend Louise opened Cafe Ruby-Lou; the day Max saved Louise's sister Lily's doll from drowning; and Max and Lily's trip to playschool in a toy airplane, each of which she claims will be "the last story." Brightly illustrated and filled with her customary cheer, Wells's latest Max and Ruby book should entice both old and new fans of these lively siblings, and leave them hoping that this isn't really "the end of the end." Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Loveable Max and Ruby, a sibling duo popular with the preschooler set, are back in this oversized bedtime collection. When Grandma tells them it is bedtime, Max and Ruby together respond, "Story, please!" Grandma agrees to tell them "just one," and tells a tale of a time when the young bunnies and Ruby's friend Louise played restaurant. As in so many Max and Ruby stories, it is the younger boy who saves the day. But the night must not end with just one story! The pair asks for another one as they all head upstairs, and Grandma complies with a story about swimming at the beach. Even two stories are not enough. Tucked into bed, the siblings manage to talk Grandma into sharing one more. Parents will smile with recognition when Grandma tells them it is to be "the last of the last of the last" for the night. Indeed it is, as the bunnies fall asleep at last. Added to one's home collection, this book is sure to be requested at many bedtimes. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—When Grandma reads a bedtime story to her grandchildren, one story morphs into three dynamic tales, each starring these irresistible rabbit siblings. The ever-helpful, yet exasperating Max tries to assert his independence with humorous results. In "Ruby's Restaurant," he tries desperately to include himself in the imaginative dinner his sister and her friend prepare, though he is halted at every opportunity. Max's persistence reveals a child-centered perspective as he concocts a positively gross creation of chocolate mousse for dessert (combining dirt, shampoo, and bird-seed shavings) to his accepting grandmother's loving satisfaction. Max's heroism shines in "Splish Splash" when he saves his friend Lily's dolly from the lake's disastrous depths and reaps a refreshing reward, a savory cherry-lemon-lime rainbow pop. In "Max Goes to School," Max and Lily refuse to attend playschool and sit idly in their toy airplane, much to their older sisters' dismay. With the girls lending a helping hand, Max and his friend experience the best of both worlds—school in their airplane. Punchy dialogue serves this inviting and oversized layout well; light pastel spreads suit each whimsical story line and its sweetly realized conclusion. A solid selection particularly for those already enamored by this lovable bunny duo.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
Kirkus Reviews

This short-story collection from the steady hand of Wells displays the mischievous sweetness of the Max and Ruby stories with their candy-heart coloring, but each could have used a few more pages to bring the stories fully around. The first of the three bedtime stories delivered by Grandma finds Max getting handed, as is his destiny, the raw end of the stick from Ruby when she and her friend Louise open a café: Max gets to be the dishwasher. Max's ascent to chefdom, by associating chocolate mousse with baby shampoo, will fly over lots of little heads. In the second tale, Max, who can't swim, jumps into the lake—with safety tube, yes—to rescue a friend's doll. Fear may give sudden instincts of skill, but Max doesn't look wracked by fear, just his standard willfulness. The final story has Max refusing to get out of his airplane to go to playschool, so he just goes to school in the plane. Fun as the stories may be, they miss the inspired twists that make Max such an artful dodger. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670011414
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Series: Max and Ruby Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 289,118
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Highly recommended

    My kids love Max and Ruby. They could read this every night before bed.

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