It's Grandma's birthday and Max and Ruby are having a party for her. Ruby has invited seven stuffed-toy guests she's sure Grandma will like. Max wants to invite his Jellyball Shooter Spider, his Ear-Splitter Space Cadet and his Can't-Sit-Up Slug, but Ruby says no. Yet each time Ruby counts the number of guests at the table, another one has mysteriously appeared. Is Ruby having a bad counting day? Or is someone making a few changes to the guest list?
There's something fishy going on at Grandma Bunny's birthday party. Ruby is positive she's only invited seven stuffed-toy guests, but every time she counts, there seems to be one more. "That's funny, Max," Ruby says to her younger brother. "All the guests are in their seats. But there are only 2 chairs left for Grandma, you, and me." And off she goes to find another chair. Meanwhile, Max has his own ideas about who should be invited to the party. Can his Jellyball Shooter Spider, Can't-Sit-Up-Slug, and Ear-Splitter Space Cadet mingle nicely with Ruby's Rapunzel, Tooth Fairy, Mrs. Quack, and the rest?
Rosemary Wells (Max's Bath, Max's Birthday, Yoko, etc.) brings back her beloved pudgy bunny characters for yet another tremendously appealing picture book. Youngsters will giggle as Max quietly sets about meeting his own needs while Ruby, the quintessential big sister, bustles around, certain she knows best. It may be a "bad counting day" for befuddled Ruby, but for delighted readers, it's a fine day--and a fine way to practice counting! (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter