Max Counts His Chickens

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Max and Ruby are back in a counting book sure to tickle the funny bone of very young readers. When the Easter Bunny decides to hide the contents of their Easter baskets, Max and Ruby set out on a hunt for the missing marshmallow chicks, which are here, there, and everywhere. Ruby is finding all the chicks, but count on Max to have the last laugh!

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Overview

Max and Ruby are back in a counting book sure to tickle the funny bone of very young readers. When the Easter Bunny decides to hide the contents of their Easter baskets, Max and Ruby set out on a hunt for the missing marshmallow chicks, which are here, there, and everywhere. Ruby is finding all the chicks, but count on Max to have the last laugh!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Favorite characters and themes spring forth this season. The beloved little bunny counts up to 10 "hot-pink marshmallow chicks," hidden by the Easter Bunny in Max Counts His Chickens by Rosemary Wells-with sister Ruby's help, of course. Each page depicts the long-eared sibling making (usually) her discovery, along with the numeral that keeps track, and a line-up of the pink prizes-plus Max's messes along the way. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
On Easter morning Max, the beloved bunny star of more than twenty books, goes hunting for the ten hot-pink marshmallow chicks hidden by the Easter Bunny. Of course sister Ruby is also on the hunt, and it is "finders keepers." She finds one under her pillow, another in her dollhouse, a third on the bathtub taps. As she continues to discover them, the pink chicks she has found appear at the top of the page along with the number. Poor Max is not finding any, although he is managing to make a mess looking. As Ruby moves from room to room, delighted as she collects her ten chicks, Max's basket remains empty. Luckily Grandma arrives in time to call up the Easter Bunny, who remedies Max's loss, but not his ability to count. Young readers should enjoy being able to count better than Max while they empathize with him. This counting book disguised as a story exploits the appealing bunnies in Wells's typical FORMAT: single-page scenes set on a variety of colored backgrounds. As usual she tells her honestly comic story in simple settings with her convincingly expressive characters.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2
Max has always liked to do things his own way, and his search for marshmallow chicks is no exception. The Easter Bunny has hidden 10 pink chicks for the indomitable bunny and his sister to find, and the ways they go about their search illustrate their very different personalities. Ruby does a methodical, traditional search and finds the candy every place she looks. Max searches through the bath beads and the toothpaste tube, and finds none. The drawings of the search are boxed in the middle of a solid pastel-colored page. However, elements of some pictures (such as Max's unsuccessful search through the coffee can) spill out over the page. To assist with children's counting skills, there are large numbers on each page, as well as a visual count of the marshmallow chicks Ruby has discovered. As usual for Max, even though he has not discovered any of the confections (and Ruby has taken all of the chicks they were intended to share), things turn out just fine for him in the end. The fun of counting, along with the humor in the little rabbit's search strategies, will entertain listeners whether they find this book at Easter or in the counting section.
—Susan E. MurrayCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Some rabbits are born to successfully hunt Easter candy. Some are not. Readers who have enjoyed the exploits of Wells's Ruby and Max will know who is who even before the duo set out on Easter morning to find ten hot-pink, sugar-spun chicks. As Ruby goes unerringly about tracking down the sweets, a counting book emerges. But it is the rhythm section to Max's wild solos. Ruby, the brain trust of the family, scours for gold-or hot pink-in all the classic venues. Max's search is a fine piece of mayhem as he empties out the coffee can, the toothpaste tube, the cereal box, the jug of orange juice, all on the floor and all for naught. Good thing that Max's grandma is on a first-name basis with the Easter Bunny, who delivers the goods straight to Max's basket. Wells's artwork creates a warm, comfortable atmosphere in which counting to ten is a simple pleasure, and where a Lord of Misrule can turn learning into high mischief. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594038351
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/9/2011
  • Series: Max and Ruby Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary Wells lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    Good book to help learn

    This is a good book for my 2 year old but I wish it would have the read to me option....He loves those types of books....Of course, as with most all the childrens books, this one isnt that long and kinda pricey for what you get....

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    My son loved this book when he got it at age 3. One year later,

    My son loved this book when he got it at age 3. One year later, this is still his favourite.

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