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Library : Book Reviews > Max's Dragon Shirt

Max's Dragon Shirt
Story & Illustrations by Rosemary Wells

Review by: Christina Mark

     This story begins with young Max wearing an old worn-out, raggedy pair of pants.  His big sister, Ruby, has to take him shopping for a new pair of pants.  Max has no desire to get new pants--all he wants is a dragon shirt. Ruby tries to explain to him that he needs new pants and that they only have enough money for the pants and not enough for a dragon shirt.  As they shop, Ruby apparently gets caught up in the excitement of shopping (as many of us are guilty of ) and just HAS to try on several dresses that have caught her eye.  As poor Max patiently waits, he falls asleep.  He wakes up after Ruby has left the changing room to get yet another dress.  Max then heads out to look for her and gets lost in the big department store.  He thinks he has spotted his sister in Boys Sportswear and tries on the dragon shirt so she'll see how great it is.  But when he goes to show her the shirt, it turns out to be a complete stranger.  When Ruby finally catches up with Max, he is with two police officers who have generously treated Max to an ice cream cone which, of course, drips all over Max and the much coveted dragon shirt!  You guessed it, now Ruby has to buy the dragon shirt.
    This is a fun story that will have children secretly (or not so secretly)
cheering for Max as he winds up getting what he wanted after all. Rosemary Wells is a great author and her illustrations are always adorable. This book provides a good opportunity for parents to talk to children about what to do if he or she happens to get lost.  Ms. Wells has written several stories about Max who is especially appealing to younger children as they can easily relate to him.
    I recommend this book for children ages 2 to 6 years.

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