I read 94 books by Rosemary Wells over the last month. Phew! Is she prolific or what? I wasn't as crazy about her stories as I thought I would be, but I sure do love her illustrations, especially from the earlier books. These earlier illustrations had a rougher quality to them that I really like as opposed to the more polished depiction of characters that you would find in her later books. Max and Ruby are great characters and it's amazing how much personality she gives them in minimal words. I also love the McDuff books, (which has a lot to do with the fact that I grew up with a Westie). I enjoyed the Yoko books as well. One problem I had throughout some of the books was the endings. They often seemed anticlimactic or just plain odd when compared to the rest of the story. Still, I would say Rosemary Wells is one of my favorite illustrators. She does cute remarkably well.
My 3 favorite Rosemary Wells books are:
|Hazel's Amazing Mother|