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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (Aug. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756989248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756989248
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 24.4 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1 Another charmer from the author of Goodnight Max and Max Cleans Up (both Viking, 2000). Max's Ants escaped from their Ant farm. They went looking for bunny's birthday cake. Thus begins this clever alphabet book. The narrative continues as the ants bite the cake and are drenched in cranberry juice, which they subsequently drink and find delicious. EEEeeeeek! says his big sister. Young children can empathize with Max, whose bites itch and with Ruby, who tries all sorts of things to relieve her brother's discomfort. She even tries to vacuum up the ants. Nothing works, but the ants finally tire and fall fast asleep. The book's large size and bold, bright illustrations lend it to use with a group or for one-on-one sharing. Jacki Kellum, Linwood Free Public Library, NJ
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From Booklist

PreS-K. Alphabet books are hardly scarce, but you will still want to reserve a spot for this one, which stars Max and Ruby, perhaps the most famous bunny siblings since Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail. Unlike many titles that use an abecedarian structure without much real educational intent, this book squarely targets children ready to learn their ABCs. Young readers will be drawn in by the cohesive, farcical story, built from episodes featuring successive letters of the alphabet--beginning with "Max's Ants escaped their Ant farm," and proceeding as capable Ruby oversees their retrieval. Learning will be bolstered by the book's excellent design, which features one letter per page in large, alphabet-block type alongside crisp images set against jellybean-bright backdrops. Constrained by the alphabet premise, the text occasionally feels forced ("Put on your Happy-face pants, Max . . . . The ants are History"), but Wells' plump, expressive duo radiate so much elan that occasional incongruities are easily forgiven. Jennifer Mattson
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Trust Rosemary Wells to make an ABC book a real story! Aug. 8 2006
By Suzanne Amara - Published on Amazon.com
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It's always a challenge to make ABC books into a story---it can often seem so forced to include all the letters. Not here! The tale of Max's escaped ant farm ants includes every letter seamlessly, and at the same time is a delight to read! We get to revisit some favorite Max and Ruby themes---Max taking a bath, Max spilling things, Ruby being bossy and Max outsmarting her wordlessly---lots of fun! The ABC theme is not forced---you can read this without even mentioning to your child it's an ABC book, as I did with my almost 2 year old. Each page has a few words highlighted that start with the letter featured, and once my daughter is older, I will point that out to her, but for now, we just enjoyed seeing what Max and the ants were up to! Ants are a great choice as a theme, as my daughter like many toddlers is fascinated with them, and watches them outside every chance she gets.

Another winner from Wells!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A new favorite July 11 2006
By Elizabeth D. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a grandmother of 4 children under the age of 5, Max's ABC was a must-have. When they were young, I read the Max & Ruby books to my children, and they were always favorites.

I read this new book to my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter almost every day. It is her new favorite book.

My only criticisms of the book are that some sentences are awkward, and the typo on the M page - a missing "to." In a child's book with few words, one would think a typo like that would not get by.

All in all, another great book from Rosemary Wells.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Finally a fun ABC storybook Sept. 21 2006
By MeaganJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has a fun story to go along with the ABCs. My three year-old begs to read it and loves the idea of ants in your pants. It's a really fun book for both toddlers and parents who get bored of standard "A is for Apple, B is for Boy, etc." books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great book Feb. 6 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the most entertaining, imaginative alphabet book I have ever read...for adults as well as for children. My two year old grandson loves it. So do his parents because they can read it forever and not be bored!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My 2 year old twins love this book Jan. 9 2007
By torio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a great, fun book to read with your small children. They love the phrases like 'bite bite bite went the ants on Max's birthday cake' and 'down down down went the cranberry juice' (I am writing this from memory so it could be slightly off, but you can get the idea). This has become one of their most viewed books very quickly! My just 2 daughter has memorized a lot of the phrases and 'reads' it out loud to herself.


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