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Rosemary Wells
Rosemary Wells

All About Rosemary Wells

Rosemary Wells is the author of a number of popular children’s books, most notably the Max and Ruby series that follows the everyday adventures of sibling bunnies—curious three-year-old Max and bossy seven-year-old Ruby. Rosemary has also written Noisy Nora, Yoko, Voyage to the Bunny Planet series, a Christmas book called Morris’s Disappearing Bag and a collected book of illustrations of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. She has also published Red Moon at Sharpsburg a historical novel featuring a young girl in the American Civil War. Otto Runs For President and Yoko Writes Her Name. A common theme in Rosemary Wells’ stories is the use of animal characters rather than humans. In the children’s journal Stone Soup, Rosemary has stated that she writes using animals because it allows her to address sophisticated, controversial topics in way children can understand and adults can accept.

Writing Style
A good example of Rosemary’s writing style can be found in her TV series Timothy goes to school where Yoko tackles the thorny topics of racism. It is about a young Japanese kitten who is ostracized when she brings sushi in her school lunch. At the book’s conclusion, she gains acceptance by hosting a school luncheon where everyone brings food native to their family. Many of the animal characters—such as those in Max and Ruby—interact with one another much as humans would, while others such as McDuff—a West Highland Terrier—take on a more realistic role as the adopted pet of a young couple.

Illustrative Style
Like her writing, Rosemary’s illustrations have grown more complex and sophisticated over the years. Her early works like Noisy Nora and her illustration of the book “Impossible, Possum” are expressive, but do not have much shading and are simpler inked-in drawings. In comparison, Yoko and the later Max and Ruby books are full of colour and detail, with fully realised backgrounds and landscapes.

The Creative Process
A book can take anywhere from two months to ten months to complete. Rosemary would start by writing out a layout of the story very roughly—beginning, middle and end. When she have those important parts, she begins to write a story on her computer knowing ahead of time where the story will peak and how it will finish. When she has a first draft, she will go back to the layout board and paste it up page by page. Then she adds sketch drawings and when that’s finished she cuts the manuscript, usually by half, because now the drawings can tell much of the word story by themselves.

Rosemary’s School Visits

Rosemary is happy to do a whole school presentation whether it is to a small group or a much larger one. This can then be followed by four 45 minute workshops which can be with any age group from pre-school upwards.

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Rosemary Wells, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at