Max and Ruby have become timeless icons (along with their creator, Rosemary Wells), in children’s literature. We last saw them in 2016 when they were making preschool pranks.
Since then, Wells has kept us delighted with characters like Kit & Kaboodle, Sophie, and Felix & Fiona. However, a noticeable gap has become apparent as children, teachers, and librarians have wondered where Max & Ruby went and whether we’d see them appear again in a book by Wells.
Never fear, they’re back! And they’ve got 2 new little bundles of joy. Coming this Tuesday, they’re hitting shelves again with Twin Trouble. And the 2-some year hiatus has been worth the wait as it is obvious this book took Ms. Wells some time to create their next adventure.
I read this book weeks ago and immediately knew it was Rosemary Wells at her best. Her ability to capture the emotions, expressions, and anxieties of children through Max & Ruby is as strong as ever. You need a well crafted story about what children are facing? Rosemary never disappoints.
I’d like to think I have read (and perhaps even own) every Max & Ruby ever created by Rosemary Wells. So I am pretty sure (correct me if I am wrong), this book is a first. Take a look at this spread and see if you can spot something we’ve never seen in a Max & Ruby book.
That’s right- There they are. Max & Ruby’s parents. I don’t know if we’ve ever seen them appear in a book before. Grandma of course makes regular appearances, but, the parents have always remained off the pages- they’d distract the story.
It’s totally understandable, though, why they’ve shown up. They’re crucial to the plot of this one. You need Mom & Dad, as Mom is the one delivering the new babies. What has been a mystery is no longer a mystery. Mom & Dad have been introduced. Mind you, they’re minor characters in the story, but it was totally appropriate to introduce them given the plot.
Do yourself a favor- Go pick up a copy of Wells’ newest addition to the Max & Ruby collection on Tuesday. Pick up a few of the previous titles while you’re at it. We in the children’s literature world can only hope that Rosemary Wells has many, many more stories planned about Max, Ruby, and her many other characters. Our teachers, libraries, and homes need them now more than ever.