Rosemary Wells's original four Max Board Books, published in 1979 by Dial and followed by an additional four in 1985, were the first high quality board books in the U.S. and became immediate classics. Total sales of the eight books were over 1.2 million! But more important, they have been loved by millions of children. For the next generation Rosemary Wells has now completely re-illustrated all eight delightful Max books in her bold, new full-color style. These wonderful stories with real characters are funnier than ever. They are terrific first books, especially with the increased focus on the importance of reading to babies and toddlers, a cause that Mrs. Wells has been wholeheartedly promoting for several years with her "The Most Important 20 Minutes of Your Day" reading program and now the Prescription for Reading Initiative.
Creator of over fifty books published by Dial, Rosemary Wells is one of America's most prolific author-illustrators. Her work has received The New York Times Best Illustrated citation and her recent Dial book Bunny Money is an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists.
Max's rubber elephant is lost. Ruby tosses him her bear, but Max still can't go to sleep. So many toys get piled on his bed that he falls off -- and there's his elephant! Good night!