Rosemary Wells, your best friend Author, Author

September 27, 1998

Rosemary Wells gets it. Few writers today can hone in any better on the emotional, sometimes funny concerns of very young children. Noisy Nora arrived with a "monumental crash!" - showing that Wells understands about being a middle child. And there are disadvantages to being the youngest, so Wells provided Morris and his "disappearing bag" ("Morris' Disappearing Bag").

No matter where they fit in a family, children are sometimes just not ready, so Edward was created to comfort children who need a bit more time ("Edward in Deep Water," "Edward Unready for School," "Edward's Overwhelming Overnight"). And then there are Max and Ruby: Max knows exactly what he wants, but so does his older sister, Ruby.

Wells ranges from a picture-book format about families touched by war - "Waiting for the Evening Star," "The Language of Doves" - to mysteries for young adults - "The Man in the Woods," "When No One Was Looking," "Through the Hidden Door."

Through work that is poignant, humorous and understanding, Rosemary Wells is a child's best friend. She shares children's concerns and lovingly brings them to their parents' attention.

- From Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children by Valerie V. Lewis and Walter M. Mayes

Pub Date: 9/27/98

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