Max is back, as irresistibly nonconformist as ever. "One morning somebody [it looks like the Easter Bunny, but, then, Max is a rabbit too. . .] put a chocolate chicken in the birdbath." Ruby, Max's sister, knows all the rules: whoever finds the most eggs gets the chocolate chicken. Max doesn't care about rules; he puts his basket in a mud puddle, finds a spoon, watches ants, makes ant-and-acorn pancakes, and finally takes the chocolate chicken away and eats it. Ruby doesn't know whether to be incensed or to negotiate. But not to worry--a chocolate turkey appears for her, and Max says, "I love you!" This delicious summing up of the contrast between two quintessentially different personalities is reflected in Wells' wonderfully expressive laces; despite the book's small size, cheerful colors and bold forms suit it for groups, while the text is also easy enough for beginning readers.