Books by Rosemary Wells

YOKO FINDS HER WAY by Rosemary Wells
Released: April 8, 2014

"A terrific book to share with children preparing for their first flights as well as Yoko's fans. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Yoko and her kimono-clad mother have an adventure at the airport at the beginning of their trip to Japan. Read full book review >
STELLA'S STARLINER by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 25, 2014

"Fans of Wells' work will likely embrace Stella's story, but some may wish she'd been allowed to confront her problems rather than just running away from them. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Wells' winsome animal characters are charming, as always, but her latest effort lacks coherence and depth. Read full book review >
SOPHIE'S TERRIBLE TWOS by Rosemary Wells
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A worthy topic and a capable concept that barely miss the mark. (Picture book. 2-6)"
It's Sophie's birthday, but nothing seems right to this headstrong 2-year-old until Granny saves the day in this rote offering from Wells. Read full book review >
IVY TAKES CARE by Rosemary Wells
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Disappointingly bland fare, this might please enthusiastic animal lovers or parents who prefer squeaky-clean stories but will leave most other readers wishing for more. (Historical fiction. 8-10)"
Seemingly plucked from a middle-of-last-century bookshelf, this wholesome tale of a spunky fifth-grade girl's experiences in rural Nevada has a paint-by-numbers feel that keeps it from living up to the author's illustrious reputation. Read full book review >
TIME-OUT FOR SOPHIE by Rosemary Wells
Released: Jan. 24, 2013

"Readers will clamor for more of the irrepressible Sophie, while parents will secretly smile—sheer delight. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Little Sophie gleefully makes mischief until Granny cleverly responds in this soon-to-be favorite about the joys of raising (and being) a toddler. Read full book review >
MAX AND RUBY'S TREASURE HUNT by Rosemary Wells
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Perfect for one-to-one sharing or small group participation; one reading will not be enough. (Picture book. 3-5) "
Wells cultivates her taproot into the minds and actions of young kids for an exuberant return adventure for Max and Ruby. Read full book review >
FOLLOWING GRANDFATHER by Rosemary Wells
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Poignant and sweet. (Animal fantasy. 6-9)"
When her beloved grandfather dies, a grieving little mouse imagines she sees him in their favorite Boston haunts in this gentle story of intergenerational love and loss. Read full book review >
MIRACLE MELTS DOWN by Rosemary Wells
Released: July 1, 2012

"While more didactic, William Mulcahy and Darren McKee's Zach Gets Frustrated (2012) teaches children to deal with their frustrations rather than depend on others to solve difficulties for them. (Picture book. 3-6) "
Harry, star of the first Kindergators book, Hands Off, Harry (2011), relates the school day's dramas to his parents. Read full book review >
YOKO LEARNS TO READ by Rosemary Wells
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"A perky paean to the joys of literacy, with a bit of library love thrown in for good measure. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Wells' winsome kitten experiences a milestone sure to bring smiles to the faces of teachers and librarians everywhere. Read full book review >
LOVE WAVES by Rosemary Wells
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

How does love keep us connected?  

Brimming with affection and sweetness—and sparkly wavy accents—Wells' depiction of the magically distance-spanning powers of love may sooth both parents and their young children feeling the stress of separation. Read full book review >

HANDS OFF, HARRY! by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

A reptilian kindergartner who can't keep his hands to himself is the focus of this kickoff to a new series from Wells.

Harry is just having fun, being goofy, being the class clown. Read full book review >

HEAD, SHOULDERS, KNEES, AND TOES by Rosemary Wells
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 8, 2011

"Appropriately for the audience, there's no story line or dazzling special effects—just a creatively imagined encounter with a song that has universal toddler appeal. More, please! (iPad storybook app. 1-3)"
This toddler app revolves around the children's song of the same name, the first in a planned suite by the illustrator of the now-classic My Very First Mother Goose. Read full book review >
ON THE BLUE COMET by Rosemary Wells
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

Time travel hurts. Read full book review >

MAX & RUBY'S BEDTIME BOOK by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 21, 2010

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. Read full book review >

MY HAVANA by Rosemary Wells
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

Mirroring the career he eventually entered, architect Fernandez builds up, like one of Havana's ornate structures, memories of childhood in his pre- and post-Castro hometown. Read full book review >
YOKO’S SHOW-AND-TELL by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: July 27, 2010

A kimono-clad doll named Miki is sent to Yoko by her grandmother in honor of the Japanese holiday, Girls' Day. Read full book review >

LINCOLN AND HIS BOYS by Rosemary Wells
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

A series of three chapter-long snapshots gives readers glimpses of Lincoln the man as seen through the eyes of his two younger sons, Willie and Tad. Read full book review >

YOKO WRITES HER NAME by Rosemary Wells
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: July 29, 2008

Wells's familiar kitten Yoko is in kindergarten, and she's just learned how to write her name in Japanese. Read full book review >

OTTO RUNS FOR PRESIDENT by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

A dark-horse candidate faces two big political machines in this election campaign at the all-canine Barkadelphia School. Read full book review >

MAX’S BUNNY BUSINESS by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

Wells's Max and Ruby have been mainstays on the young-young reader/listener scene for many years now. Read full book review >

MOTHER GOOSE’S LITTLE TREASURES by Iona Opie
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"When the rain raineth / And the goose winketh, / Little knows the gosling / What the goose thinketh." Read full book review >

RED MOON AT SHARPSBURG by Rosemary Wells
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

Three promises precede the birth of India Moody in 1848, and everything that follows in India's wartime experience comes from those promises—two kept, one broken. Read full book review >

THE GULPS by Rosemary Wells
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2007

It's unfortunate that this disappointingly didactic and extremely insensitive tale of a fat family that finds fitness on the farm is guaranteed a place in most libraries. Read full book review >

MAX COUNTS HIS CHICKENS by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

Some rabbits are born to successfully hunt Easter candy. Read full book review >

MAX’S ABC by Rosemary Wells
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 2006

In a lighthearted romp through the alphabet, Wells's endearing rabbit siblings Max and Ruby are back. Read full book review >

THE MIRACULOUS TALE OF THE TWO MARIES by Rosemary Wells
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2006

Wells spins out an original tale loosely based on local legends from a small town in southern France. Read full book review >

CARRY ME! by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

Three beautiful poems perfectly capture the essence of a curious toddler and his desire to know about the world and share it with those he loves best. Read full book review >

I LOVE YOU! A BUSHEL AND A PECK by Frank Loesser
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

A duckling farmer tries to let his lady love know how he feels about her as they work the farm. Read full book review >

MY KINDERGARTEN by Rosemary Wells
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: July 1, 2004

Emily the gray bunny, star of Emily's First 100 Days of School (2000), returns as the main character of this month-by-month look at the kindergarten school year. Read full book review >

THE SMALL WORLD OF BINKY BRAVERMAN by Rosemary Wells
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

A country boy forced to stay with smothering city relatives finds some surprising allies in this imaginative, if sketchy, reminiscence. Read full book review >

FELIX AND THE WORRIER by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

Trying to sleep, Felix is awakened night after night by the Worrier, who comes to nag him. Read full book review >

GETTING TO KNOW YOU! by Richard Rodgers
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Wells has illustrated excerpts from well-known songs from Oklahoma, The King and I, Carousel, and South Pacific. Read full book review >

RUBY’S BEAUTY SHOP by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

A day of beautification goes awry when Wells's (Timothy's Tales from Hilltop School, p. 890, etc.) mischievous Max joins in on the fun. Read full book review >

TIMOTHY’S TALES FROM HILLTOP SCHOOL by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

Timothy and his classmates are back in this follow-up to Timothy Goes to School (2001) and they are as heartwarming and true-to-life as ever. Read full book review >

BUNNY PARTY by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Wells (McDuff Goes to School, below, etc.) must have a secret key not only to the heart of toddlerhood but to the very core of sibling relationships, as she proves once again in her latest Ruby and Max adventure. Read full book review >

YOKO’S PAPER CRANES by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Origami cranes take metaphoric flight from West to East in this tale of Yoko the kitten's earnest efforts to maintain a connection to her grandparents in Japan. Read full book review >

MCDUFF GOES TO SCHOOL by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

A doggy celebration of bilingualism starring everybody's favorite Westie. Read full book review >

MCDUFF SAVES THE DAY by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

Mischievous and much-loved McDuff, the West Highland white terrier, returns for a seventh adventure in this successful series from old pros (and Westie owners) Wells and Jeffers (McDuff Goes to School, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

FELIX FEELS BETTER by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

Toddlers and their parents love the humor of Wells's bestselling Max and Ruby board books and the bright, believable animal characters in her illustrations for Opie's quintessential Mother Goose collections (My Very First Mother Goose, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

WINGWALKER by Rosemary Wells
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

This big-hearted, Depression-era, American fairy tale seems to come alive out of a former generation like a well-worn family yarn. Read full book review >

A HOUSE IN THE MAIL by Rosemary Wells
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

Andreasen (Tattered Sails, 2001, etc.) has chosen to frame this tale about a pre-Depression Kentucky family getting a new mail-order house as a scrapbook, with 11-year-old Emily's narrative running alongside arrays of drawings, advertisements, diagrams, antique-looking photos, small keepsakes, and other memorabilia, all rendered with photorealistic precision. Read full book review >

MAX CLEANS UP by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

Corduroy's pocket has nothing on Max's. Read full book review >

EMILY’S FIRST 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2000

Wells (Yoko, 1998, etc.) makes numbers fun and relevant to daily life in this longer than usual picture book. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"I was born with music that flowed through my body as naturally as blood in my veins," explains Tallchief, who, with Wells, describes her early life in lyrical and compelling prose. Read full book review >

MCDUFF'S NEW FRIEND by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

Out trots McDuff (McDuff Moves In, 1997, etc.), this time to wait for Santa on Christmas Eve, in a story that subverts the cozy domesticity that has been a series hallmark in the name of a less-interesting fantasy. Read full book review >

YOKO by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

The first graders in Mrs. Jenkins's room are quick to criticize the sushi, seaweed, and red bean ice cream that fill Yoko's willow-covered cooler. Read full book review >

THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE by Rosemary Wells
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 1, 1998

Just as James Marshall could make the oldest of the stories new again, Wells (Bunny Money, 1997, etc.) takes this well-worn nugget and makes it shine. Read full book review >

BUNNY MONEY by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

In the siblings' latest adventure, their grandmother is having a birthday (again! see Bunny Cakes, p. 67), so Ruby takes Max shopping. Read full book review >

MCDUFF MOVES IN by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1997

A little white dog that nobody wants tumbles off the dogcatcher's truck and into the home of Lucy and Fred in a story from Wells (Bunny Cakes, p. 67, etc.) that recalls a time when compassion wasn't in such short supply. After his fall from the truck, the little white dog goes from house to house, barking at doors and garnering chilly responses from growling dogs and hissing cats. Read full book review >

BUNNY CAKES by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

The famous Max and his sister, Ruby, are the stars of this self-proclaimed brand-name production—A Max & Ruby Picture Book- -but there is no formula here—only extreme originality. To celebrate their grandmother's birthday, Max is constructing an earthworm cake while bossy Ruby declares that a real cake will be made. Read full book review >

THE LANGUAGE OF DOVES by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

This story starts on a Brooklyn rooftop. Read full book review >

MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE by Iona Opie
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"There's little point in pretending that even prodigious collections of nursery rhymes can do without this one—it's a must. (index) (Poetry. 2-8)

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My Very First Mother Goose ($19.99; Sept. 1996; 108 pp.; 1-56402- 620-5): One glimpse of the merry Wells (The Language of Doves, p. 1159, etc.) characters that caper through these pages—a cast of hundreds—one flip through the pages where Opie (I Saw Esau, 1992, etc.) has arranged almost 70 familiar and not-so-familiar rhymes to an effect of unabashed glee, and readers will be in love again with the original Mother Goose. Read full book review >

EDWARD IN DEEP WATER by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

One of three variations on a theme, aimed directly at impatient parents. Read full book review >

LASSIE COME-HOME by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

Eric Knights 1940 classic started out a short story; here Wells and Jeffers (Waiting For The Evening Star, 1993) bring it back to that length, enhanced with solemn, elegant artwork. Read full book review >

MAX AND RUBY'S MIDAS by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1995

In a companion to Max and Ruby's First Greek Myth: Pandora's Box (1993), Wells adapts the Greek legend of King Midas to an amusing story-within-a-story. Ruby catches Max whispering ``Hello, beautiful'' to a bedtime- snack cupcake, and uses the opportunity to ``read'' him the story of Prince Midas. Read full book review >

NIGHT SOUNDS, MORNING COLORS by Rosemary Wells
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

Wells (Lucy Comes to Stay, p. 853, etc.) and McPhail combine on four evocations—waking, night, in the kitchen, a winter walk- -each of which is sometimes startlingly bang-on and, at other times, reaches way too far. Read full book review >

LUCY COMES TO STAY by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1994

Lucy, a tiny Scottish terrier, is adorable, but she has a lot to learn. Read full book review >

WAITING FOR THE EVENING STAR by Rosemary Wells
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

With a well-honed narrative and expansive, beautifully detailed illustrations in Jeffers's signature crosshatch and watercolor, an evocation of Vermont country life pre-WW I. Berty watches the men cut ice to ship to Boston; shares syrup on snow; helps Grandmother start seeds indoors in early spring (transplanted carrots and peas in a book listing two farm museums as resources stretches credibility, but never mind); and listens to older brother Luke's dreams of the larger world as trains steam by. Read full book review >

MAX AND RUBY'S FIRST GREEK MYTH by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

When Ruby catches Max touching her jewelry box despite her sign (``No! Read full book review >

VOYAGE TO THE BUNNY PLANET by Rosemary Wells
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

A boxed set of three miniature books add up to more than the sum of their parts. Read full book review >

FRITZ AND THE MESS FAIRY by Rosemary Wells
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

The strange bedfellows that occur in creative disorder are always good for a laugh; Wells makes the device even funnier here by compounding it. Read full book review >

MAX'S DRAGON SHIRT by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

MAX'S CHOCOLATE CHICKEN by Rosemary Wells
Released: March 1, 1989

Max is back, as irresistibly nonconformist as ever. Read full book review >

NOISY NORA by Rosemary Wells
Released: April 30, 1973

"And flew it down the stairs"—and the more reassuring when she is searched for in panic and welcomed back with joy after she finally runs away."
Compared to Jane Breskin Zalben's icky pink siblings in Cecilia's Older Brother (1973), Nora and her family are both more essentially mouselike and more recognizably human. Read full book review >