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by Rosemary Wells & illustrated by Rosemary Wells

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-670-06317-8
Publisher: Viking

Wells cultivates her taproot into the minds and actions of young kids for an exuberant return adventure for Max and Ruby.

When a thunderstorm ruins Ruby’s tea party, Grandma suggests the four bunnies have a treasure hunt. “There are seven clues hidden in seven places….Follow the clues, and you will find the treasure.” Each clue is a nursery rhyme with a missing word that rhymes: “I’m a little ______, short and stout. Tip me over and pour me out!” The clue is concealed under a flap on the page, and the bunnies excitedly fill in the missing word on the following page. The final treasure box has five gold coins filled with chocolate—but wait, there are only four bunnies! They decide to give the fifth to Lily’s doll, Dagmar, but where is she? Instead of ending the story with the discovery of the treasure, Wells adds one more fillip of fun as the bunnies retrace their steps and clues to find the doll. The large format and heavy paper are filled with Wells’ sprightly and charming illustrations, with borders added to the bottom of the clue pages that repeat an image of the rhyme: Jack jumps over the candlestick; Miss Mary Mack sits back to, showing off her silver buttons, buttons, buttons.

Perfect for one-to-one sharing or small group participation; one reading will not be enough. (Picture book. 3-5)