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Max Counts His Chickens

Max Counts His Chickens

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by Rosemary Wells

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Max and Ruby, everyone’s favorite bunnies, are back in a unique largeformat 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. It seems that Ruby is finding all the


Max and Ruby, everyone’s favorite bunnies, are back in a unique largeformat 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. It seems that Ruby is finding all the chicks, but count on Max to have the last laugh! Max and Ruby currently appear in their own television series on Nickelodeon.

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)
From the Publisher
"Charming to the max." Booklist, starred review

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
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Max and Ruby Series
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Penguin Group
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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"Charming to the max." Booklist, starred review

Meet the Author

Born in New York City, Rosemary Wells grew up in a house "filled with books, dogs, and nineteenth-century music." Her childhood years were spent between her parents' home near Red Bank, New Jersey, and her grandmother's rambling stucco house on the Jersey Shore. Most of her sentimental memories, both good and bad, stem from that place and time. Her mother was a dancer in the Russian Ballet, and her father a playwright and actor. Mrs. Wells says, "Both my parents flooded me with books and stories. My grandmother took me on special trips to the theater and museums in New York.

When I was two years old I began to draw and they saw right away the career that lay ahead of me and encouraged me every day of my life. As far back as I can remember, I did nothing but draw."

A self-proclaimed "poor student," Wells attended the Museum School in Boston after finishing high school. It was, she recalls, "a bastion of abstract expressionism an art form that brought to my mind things I don't like to eat, fabrics that itch against the skin, divorce, paper cuts, and metallic noises."

Without her degree, she left school at 19, married, and began a fledgling career as a book designer with a Boston textbook publisher. When her husband, Tom, applied to the Columbia School of Architecture two years later, the couple moved to New York, where she began her career in children's books working as a designer at Macmillan. It was there that she published her first book, an illustrated edition of Gilbert&Sullivan's I Have a Song to Sing-O.

Rosemary Wells's career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two enormous, definitive editions, published by Candlewick. Wells wrote and illustrated Unfortunately Harriet, her first book with Dial, in 1972. One year later she wrote the popular Noisy Nora. "The children and our home life have inspired, in part, many of my books. Our West Highland white terrier, Angus, had the shape and expressions to become Benjamin and Tulip, Timothy, and all the other animals I have made up for my stories." Her daughters Victoria and Beezoo were constant inspirations, especially for the now famous "Max" board book series. "Simple incidents from childhood are universal," Wells says. "The dynamics between older and younger siblings are common to all families."

But not all of Wells' ideas come from within the family circle. Many times when speaking, Mrs. Wells is asked where her ideas come from. She usually answers, "It's a writer's job to have ideas." Sometimes an idea comes from something she reads or hears about, as in the case of her recent book, Mary on Horseback, a story based on the life of Mary Breckenridge, who founded the Frontier Nursing Service. Timothy Goes to School was based on an incident in which her daughter was teased for wearing the wrong clothes to a Christmas concert. Her dogs, west highland terriers, Lucy and Snowy, work their way into her drawings in expression and body position. She admits, "I put into my books all of the things I remember. I am an accomplished eavesdropper in restaurants, trains, and gatherings of any kind. These remembrances are jumbled up and changed because fiction is always more palatable than truth. Memories become more true as they are honed and whittled into characters and stories."

Mrs. Wells says, "Most of my books use animals rather than children as characters. People always ask why. There are many reasons. First, I draw animals more easily and amusingly than I do children. Animals are broader in range--age, time, and place--than children are. They also can do things in pictures that children cannot. They can be slapstick and still real, rough and still funny, maudlin and still touching.

In Benjamin and Tulip, Tulip falls out of a tree and mashes Benjamin in the mud. If these pictures were of children, they would be too close to violent reality for comfort, and all the humor would be lost."

Her writing career has been a "pure delight," she says. "I regret only that I cannot live other lives parallel to my own. Writing is a lonely profession and I am a gregarious sort of person. I would like someday to work for the FBI. A part of me was never satisfied with years of tennis. I still yearned to play basketball."

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Max Counts His Chickens 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
giovannispizza More than 1 year ago
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....
AS1 More than 1 year ago
My son loved this book when he got it at age 3. One year later, this is still his favourite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago