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Felix Feels Better [Hardcover]

By Rosemary Wells (Author)
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Acclaimed author-illustrator Rosemary Wells offers a spoonful of picture book pleasure that will have everyone feeling better!

Felix ate too many chocolate blimpies, and he doesn't feel well. Not even Mama's dose of sugared prunes helps him feel "perkier". So off to Doctor Duck he must go. "Don't be afraid, my little moonbeam", says Mama. But Felix is afraid.
Best-selling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells applies her rare ability to tell a funny, heartfelt story about a common childhood experience: going to the doctor. Comforting and friendly, Doctor Duck---whom readers first met in HERE COMES MOTHER GOOSE---takes a star turn in FELIX FEELS BETTER, and Wells's inimitable artwork will delight small children and reassure even the most reluctant young patient.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Candlewick
Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 7.79" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.59 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2001
Publisher   Candlewick
ISBN  0763606391  
ISBN13  9780763606398  

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More About Rosemary Wells

Rosemary Wells Rosemary Wells is the creator of many unforgettable children's book characters, including Max and Ruby, McDuff, and Yoko, each of whom stars in their own book series. She is also the author of perennial favorites about universal childhood experiences, such as Noisy Nora and Read To Your Bunny. Rosemary Wells lives in upstate New York.

Born in New York City, Rosemary Wells grew up in a house "filled with books, dogs, and nineteenth-century music." Her childhood years were spent between her parents' home near Red Bank, New Jersey, and her grandmother's rambling stucco house on the Jersey Shore. Most of her sentimental memories, both good and bad, stem from that place and time. Her mother was a dancer in the Russian Ballet, and her father a playwright and actor. Mrs. Wells says, "Both my parents flooded me with books and stories. My grandmother took me on special trips to the theater and museums in New York. "Rosemary Wells's career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books.

She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two enormous, definitive editions, published by Candlewick. Wells wrote and illustrated Unfortunately Harriet, her first book with Dial, in 1972. One year later she wrote the popular Noisy Nora. "The children and our home life have inspired, in part, many of my books. Our West Highland white terrier, Angus, had the shape and expressions to become Benjamin and Tulip, Timothy, and all the other animals

I have made up for my stories." Her daughters Victoria and Beezoo were constant inspirations, especially for the now famous "Max" board book series. "Simple incidents from childhood are universal," Wells says. "The dynamics between older and younger siblings are common to all families."But not all of Wells' ideas come from within the family circle. Many times when speaking, Mrs. Wells is asked where her ideas come from. She usually answers, "It's a writer's job to have ideas." Sometimes an idea comes from something she reads or hears about, as in the case of her recent book, Mary on Horseback, a story based on the life of Mary Breckenridge, who founded the Frontier Nursing Service. Timothy Goes to School was based on an incident in which her daughter was teased for wearing the wrong clothes to a Christmas concert. Her dogs, west highland terriers, Lucy and Snowy, work their way into her drawings in expression and body position. She admits, "I put into my books all of the things I remember. I am an accomplished eavesdropper in restaurants, trains, and gatherings of any kind. These remembrances are jumbled up and changed because fiction is always more palatable than truth. Memories become more true as they are honed and whittled into characters and stories."

Rosemary Wells In Her Own Words

As far back as I can remember, I did nothing but draw. I discovered very early that making a picture of anything meant people saying, “Look at that!” How else could I get that kind of attention?

After high school, I went to the Museum School in Boston. At nineteen, I left school, married Tom Wells, and began a career as a book designer. Two years later, when my husband applied to the Columbia School of Architecture, we moved to New York City. I found a job as a designer at Macmillan, where I published my first book, Sing a Song, O!

My home life has inspired many of my books. Our West Highland white terrier, Angus, had the shape and expressions to become Benjamin, Tulip, Timothy, and all the other animals I have made up for my stories. He also appears as himself in a couple of books. My two daughters have been constant inspirations, especially for my Max books. Simple incidents from childhood are universal. The dynamics between older and younger siblings are common to all families. I am also an accomplished eavesdropper in restaurants, trains, and gatherings of any kind.

Writing for children is as difficult as writing serious verse. Writing for children is as mysterious as writing fine music. It is as personal as singing. Once the story is there, the drawings just appear. I feel the emotion I want to show; then I let it run down my arm from my face, and it goes out the pencil. My drawings look as if they are done quickly. They are not. First they are sketched in light pencil, then nearly rubbed out, then drawn again in heavier pencil. What appears to be a thick ink line is really a series of layers of tiny ink lines. When I finish these lines, the drawing is ready for color.

I have been writing and illustrating for almost 30 years. It has been a pure delight. There are hard parts, but no bad or boring parts — that is more than can be said for any other line of work that I know.

Rosemary Wells currently resides in Briarcliff Manor, in the state of New York. Rosemary Wells was born in 1943.

Rosemary Wells has published or released items in the following series...
  1. All Aboard Books (Paperback)
  2. All Aboard Reading (Paperback)
  3. All Aboard Reading: A Picture Reader
  4. All Aboard Reading: Level 1
  5. Baby Max and Ruby
  6. Bunny Read's Back
  7. Kindergators
  8. Max and Ruby
  9. Max and Ruby (Hardcover)
  10. Max and Ruby (Paperback)
  11. Max and Ruby (Prebound)
  12. Max and Ruby (Video)
  13. Max Board Books
  14. My Very First Mother Goose
  15. Penguin Young Readers: Level 1
  16. Penguin Young Readers: Level 2
  17. Picture Puffin Books
  18. Picture Puffins
  19. Ruby
  20. Stuart Little
  21. Yoko Book

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Birds > Fiction
2Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( W ) > Wells, Rosemary
4Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > General
5Books > Subjects > Children > Issues > Illness
6Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Health > Fiction
7Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Health > Hygiene
8Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3
9Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

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Cute Book - a review of "Felix Feels Better"  Mar 15, 2006
Felix is adorable. There is just no way around this truth. Rosemary Well's drawings of this little critter are just so cute.

That said the story is a little bland. Essentially it is a reworking of the `classic' theme of child-who-ate-to-much-junk food- and who is now paying-the-price. In this case a dose of prunes and a visit to the doctor.

Still, despite having seen this idea before, my children (boy and girl) love this book. Ms. Wells' drawings brings it all off with such sensitivity and humor that one can't help but sympathize with Felix and his mom.

Four Stars. Adorable `Rosemary Wells' drawings. I think this would be a book I would recommend to a parent who had a child who was nervous about doctor visits. In general though most of the charm is in the drawings. The text is fairly mundane.
Funny and Quirky  Apr 2, 2005
In addition to telling the story of Felix's visit to the doctor, the pictures and narration have some quirkiness to it that makes it comical for kids and grown-ups.
Another winner for Rosemary Wells!  Sep 6, 2001
"Felix Feels Better" tells the story of a little guinea pig's first visit to the doctor with sensitivity and understanding. The text is simple and straightforward, making it easy for a young listener to relate to the plight of the little piggie who eats too many treats before bedtime, then wakes up feeling "not very perky." Rosemary Wells' pictures are a perfect accompaniment to the text. The smallest child will see himself and his fears in going to the doctor for the first time eased by the gentle story of Felix and Dr. Duck, as Felix literally bounces back by the end of the book!

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