Max's errant baby carriage hits a bump rather than a clothes basket. He has a red elephant and drives around a little red toy car. Max's Snow Bunny: Max wants to make sure if there really is such a thing as the Abominable Snow Bunny. Big sister Ruby decides Max needs a bath, so as he waits for the tub to fill, Max enjoys some orange sherbet, and a cup of grape juice. At first, Ruby thinks Max wants to go swimming, but Max just wants to use water for the moat of Ruby's castle.
Max, and his sister Ruby who is the caretaker are quite adorable themselves. These Max books, by Rosemary Wells, make terrific gifts. She's convinced her friends are going to give her a surprise party. Max and Morris help by giving the party an extra special touch with the rockets. The illustrations are fun, on plain brightly colored backgrounds without much detail to distract focus from the images which really are a part of the story. When he was 10, he loved reading them to his baby sister, and I understood how he felt.
Max tries different ways to scare Ruby, but she knows all of Max's tricks. Ruby, as the older sister, is a bit bossy and Max, as the younger brother, allows himself to be bossed, sort of. Originally, Max only spoke a few words each episode. He repeats this in a new bath with the juice and ends up dirtier still. He is shown to be very smart and is now able to read. They can also identify with the activities in the books.
In the sixth season, Max is old enough to go to preschool and changes his style from blue overalls to a white shirt with red strips and blue jeans. Max and Ruby's Fashion Show: Ruby and Louise have a fashion show in Grandma's attic, but Max prefers to dress up like a pirate. Max's Candy Apple : Max wants a candy apple at the East Bunny Hop Fall Fair, but all Ruby wants is to win a race with him. They are supposedly intended for children from birth to age 2 or so. Max and Ruby are getting ready to go trick-or-treating.
But their relationship remains a genuinely sweet and loving one. Super Max Saves the World : Max and Morris play Super Bunny and Zoom Zoom as Ruby and Louise work on a balloon solar system project. Young readers will find the silly tale hilarious and learn, at least, clean and dirty. Max's Mud Bath: Ruby and Louise set up their beauty salon with natural beauty products, They ask Max to be their customer, but all he wants to do is play in the mud. While she readies it, he eats sherbet and juice and when it's time to get in the tub, he takes the sherbet along, dying the bath water - and himself - orange. Where would messy Max be without his older sister Ruby? Max and Ruby's Christmas Tree: Max and Ruby are looking forward to Christmas as they trim and decorate their tree.
Max's Lost Lizzard : The Bunny Scouts need to make a terrarium, but a key component a chameleon escapes, and Max comes to the rescue. Ruby tries to get Max to play with other toys until Ruby finds that Max's firetruck was in the piano the whole time. This delightful story is just one in Rosemary Wells's series of eight sturdy Max board books--including and --each measuring seven inches square and plastic coated to withstand lots of loving handling. Getting Crabby at the Beach: Grandma, Max and Ruby go to the beach to make a title pool. The books are a bit larger and the color palette a tad lighter. Max'sEaster Parade: Ruby paints Easter eggs with Louise while Max uses them for an Easter parade.
Ruby's Birthday Present : After Ruby's birthday party, she opens up her presents. The bright, strongly rendered line and wash drawings perfectly capture the essence of Max, a stellar example of the indomitable will of toddlers. Purists may feel even Wells can't do better than the originals and shouldn't try. Max's first appearance was in 1979 when the first Max And Ruby book, Max's First Word, was published. He tries several ways to make himself look taller. Ruby tries to find something for Max to do on their snow day.