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Title:
Max and Ruby's Midas : another Greek myth
Author:
Wells, Rosemary.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [1995]

©1995
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Summary:
Ruby tries to keep her brother Max from eating so many sweets by reading him an altered version of the story of King Midas.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 510 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 5.1 1 Quiz: 17289 Guided reading level: K.
ISBN:
9780803717824

9780803717831
Format :
Book

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Ruby tries to keep her brother Max from eating so many sweets by reading him an altered version of the story of King Midas.


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 4-8. With wicked humor, Wells retells the Midas myth and subverts the moral lesson. Max the bunny craves junk food, so he hoards all the cupcakes. His older sister, Ruby, worries about him, so she tells him a bedtime story about the little bunny Prince Midas, who discovers that he can use laser-beams from his eyes to transform prune whip into a hot-fudge sundae. In the end, Midas finds he's turned all his family into melted ice cream and sagging Jell-O, and he's sorry; he realizes he's had too much of a good thing. Ruby points out the lesson to Max, who looks appropriately contrite--until his sister leaves and Max relishes the cupcake he's been hoarding all along. As in Max and Ruby's First Greek Myth: Pandora's Box (1993), Wells' ink-and-watercolor pictures reveal the mischief of the small child with magical power. Older readers will get the parody, but even preschoolers will relish the reversals. (Reviewed May 01, 1995)0803717822Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

"I am going to read you a bedtime story about someone whose sweet tooth got out of control," announces authoritative Ruby after she catches Max, her puckish brother, hiding cupcakes in his pajamas. Max (and any child) will effortlessly absorb-if not necessarily learn from-the Midas legend presented here in Wells's (Max and Ruby's First Greek Myth/Pandora's Box) droll narrative and ink-and-watercolor art. Uncannily resembling Max, Midas is a gluttonous young bunny who hates fruits and vegetables. One morning, he "laser-beams his eyes" to turn a serving of melon topped with prune whip into a hot-fudge sundae. The magic works, but unfortunately his mother's hand is in the path of his beam, and she turns into a cherry float. Midas's father and big sister, respectively, suffer similar fates at lunch and at snacktime. This revisionist Midas learns his lesson, unlike the still-ravenous Max, who pulls a cupcake out of his pajamas as Ruby leaves his room-a winsome crowning touch, typical of the irrepressible Max and his clever creator. And the endpaper paintings of classical greco-bunny statues should not be missed. Ages 4-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1‘Max and Ruby return, as once again the bossy elder bunny attempts to shape up her impish sibling through the power of myth, this time teaching him the folly of gluttony. As Max tries to sneak off with a plate of luscious cupcakes, Ruby seizes the golden opportunity and proceeds to read him a story of a young prince named Midas who eats only sweets and discovers his talent for turning dreaded dishes into delectable delights‘as well as, unfortunately, anyone he happens to touch. His family is transformed into life-sized caricatures of his favorite desserts, looking at him mournfully as they take the form of a cherry float or blob of lime jello. It's a hilarious story within a story, with the players‘all rabbits, of course‘adorned in ancient Greek dress and set against sunlit scenes of cerulean waters and gentle mountains. The confectionary colors set just the right mood, as do the positioning of modern sweets against classical motifs. The book is easy to read and predictable in the best sense‘as always, Max is undaunted by the lesson, and, once again, he gets the last word. A truly modern retelling, straight from the lagomorph's mouth, and full of child appeal.‘Trev Jones, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.