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Max's dragon shirt
Wells, Rosemary.
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Publication Information:
New York : [Penguin Group], 2000.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
On a shopping trip to the department store, Max's determination to get a dragon shirt leads him away from his distracted sister and into trouble.
General Note:
Publisher imprint varies.
Reading Level:
470 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 15800.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.2 1 Quiz: 07492 Guided reading level: I.

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Max loves his old blue pants. His big sister Ruby thinks they're a disgrace, so she takes Max to the store to buy a new pair. But Max doesn't want new pants. He wants a dragon shirt, and there's not enough money for both. So while Ruby is trying on dresses, Max wanders away. After all, it couldn't hurt just to try on a dragon shirt, could it?

Author Notes

Rosemary Wells was born in New York City on January 29, 1943. She studied at the Museum School in Boston. Without her degree, she left school at the age of 19 to get married. She began her career in publishing, working as an art editor and designer first at Allyn and Bacon and later at Macmillan Publishing.

She is an author and illustrator of over 60 books for children and young adults. Her first book was an illustrated edition of Gilbert and Sullivan's I Have a Song to Sing-O. Her other works include Martha's Birthday, The Fog Comes on Little Pig Feet, Unfortunately Harriet, Mary on Horseback, and Timothy Goes to School. She also created the characters of Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko, which are featured in some of her books. She has won numerous awards including a Children's Book Council Award for Noisy Nora in 1974, the Edgar Allan Poe award for two young adult books, Through the Looking Glass and When No One Was Looking, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Shy Charles.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. Always a good foil for Max, Ruby's up to her rabbit ears in trouble in this exuberant new adventure. Max wants a dragon shirt. Max needs new pants, and Ruby's charged with making sure he gets them. Unfortunately "Girl's Better Dresses" is her undoing. Lured by the lovely frocks, she hangs her own white-trimmed yellow number on a dressing room hook and begins to try on dresses--while bored Max dozes beside her on the floor. Unaware that he's asleep, she zips out for another look at the merchandise, and no sooner is she gone than Max opens his eyes. Chaos ensues as Max careens through the store, following a yellow dress he thinks is on his sister, while Ruby conducts a frantic search of her own. By the time they're reunited, Max has appropriated the dragon shirt he wanted all along, and Ruby has to foot the bill. The expressive rabbit countenances are exceptionally delightful here, conveying much of the story's wit. Children will love the bright colors and patterns Wells combines in her pictures and chortle when the story ends, as officious big sister Ruby gets the comeuppance she so richly deserves. ~--Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

It's hard to imagine anyone--child or adult--getting his or her fill of the indefatigable Max, who always manages to get his way no matter what. Here, the bad-news bunny and sister Ruby go to a department store to replace Max's beloved, stained overalls, which are held up by a safety pin. They have five dollars for a new pair of pants, but Max would rather spend the money on a more exotic item. ``Dragon shirt,'' he keeps insisting in his delightfully pithy, ever-determined manner. While Ruby is trying on dresses, Max slips out of the changing room and wanders into Boys' Sportswear, where he finds a rack of shirts emblazoned with a dragon's face. By the time Ruby catches up with her impish brother, he has dribbled ice cream all over the dragon shirt--which happens to cost exactly five dollars. Max wins again, as does Wells ( The Little Lame Prince ; Shy Charles ) . Her droll sibling interplay is perfectly on target, and her inimitable bunny is as irresistible as ever. Ages 3-7. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-- The engaging toddler rabbit is back, clad in tattered, paint-smeared, but dearly loved old blue pants. Draconian older sister Ruby drags him to the store for new ones, but Max, insistent as ever, only has eyes for a green shirt featuring a fire-breathing dragon. When Ruby spies first one dress and then another that she loves, the two become separated, and the search that follows is a true comedy of errors. Winsome but willful Max gets his heart's desire, and once again Ruby is deflated, giving young readers and listeners the vicarious satisfaction of besting an older sibling. The text reads well aloud, but is easy enough for beginning readers, who will soon notice that while Ruby gives her orders, Max's vocabulary is limited to one telling line repeated throughout: ``Dragon shirt.'' Wells uses more background, more detail here than in previous ``Max'' stories, artfully capturing the hustle-bustle of a busy department store. Another gleeful romp with a pair of unforgettable hares.-- Trev Jones, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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