->''"Animals can serve as a metaphor and they are easier to write about than human children. For example, with the Yoko series, it might not be considered politically correct for a non-Japanese writer to pen a story about a Japanese character. Since Yoko is a kitten, I can work around this"''
-->--'''Rosemary Wells, from a JapanTimes Interview'''

'''Rosemary Wells''' (1943 -) is a prolific creator of children's picture books and has also written for older audiences. Her two most popular franchises, which have also been adapted for television, are ''Literature/MaxAndRuby'' and ''WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool''. Some other popular titles by her include the ''Bunny Planet'' books, the ''Edward the Unready'' series (later rereleased as eBooks under the banner "Edward Almost Ready"), the ''[=McDuff=]'' series and ''Emily's First 100 Days of Kindergarten''. Her nonfiction titles have included ''Help Children Cope with Divorce'' and ''Getting to Know You: Rodgers and Hammerstein Favorites''. Some of her works titled at older audiences include ''Mary on Horseback'' and ''The Miraculous Tale of the Two Maries''. In all, she has written well over 100 titles. Her most recent series are the ''Kindergators'', about a group of young alligators, and the ''Sophie'' books, about a high-spirited two-year-old mouse.

Her very first title, published in 1972, was ''Unfortunately Harriet''. It is currently out of print. Her second title, published a year later, was the much more well-known ''Noisy Nora'', which remains in print to this day, with Nora becoming one of the characters on the ''Timothy Goes to School'' television series.

She is known for the ''Read to Your Bunny'' initiative, which, through the book by the same name, and through other media, encourages parents to read to their children for at least 20 minutes a day.

She was also involved in the production of the ''Max & Ruby'' and ''Timothy'' television series. Her official website can be found [[http://www.rosemarywells.com here]].

!Tropes often featured in Wells's works include:

* ArtEvolution: Her art style for her bunny characters and animals from the 70's - late 90's looked different compared to her newer books.
** Compare her [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51mb0cXE5DL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg earlier]] [[https://readingwithrhythm.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/img325.jpg illustrations for Max and Ruby]] [[http://rosemarywells.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/RW_MandR_BedtimeWEB1-292x300.jpg to their later appearances.]] The original 1979 cover for the first book "Max's First Word" had Max's overalls colored white.
** [[http://i.walmartimages.com/i/p/97/81/42/31/19/9781423119555_500X500.jpg Yoko started looking more fluffy and fuzzy looking compared]] [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61EL6HR8wXL._SS500_.jpg to her earlier appearances.]]
* AnAesop: Though not always
* AnimatedAdaptation: Those that haven't been made into television series have often been adapted as read aloud storybooks for home video, sometimes with animation.
* CharacterTitle: The 1998 book Yoko
* CuteKitten: Yoko the main protagonist of the "Yoko" series
* CarnivoreConfusion: The picture book ''First Tomato'' from the ''Bunny Planet'' series describes a group of bunny-people children being served bologna sandwiches, which greatly depresses the main character, as this is her least favorite lunch. Another character in the same series has to suffer through a dinner of cold liver chili.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The original 1979 version of "Max's First Word" had Max's overalls colored white and was only 6 pages long. The original 1979 book was very small compared to rest of the series. Which the exception of "Baby Max And Ruby" which also had small sized books.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Every installment of the ''Voyage to the Bunny Planet'' books ends with the star character observing the Bunny Planet in the night sky and marveling "It was there all along!"
* FantasticRacism: Used in ''Yoko'', in which the titular character, a Japanese kitten, is ostracized for eating sushi at lunch.
* FriendToAllChildren: Janet The Bunny Queen from "Voyage To The Bunny Planet"
* FunnyAnimal or TalkingAnimal
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal
* InvisibleParents: Especially in MaxAndRuby
* JapanesePoliteness: Yoko and her mother from the "Yoko" series.
* MouseWorld: Often with rabbits, which can be seen in one of the stories for "Voyage To The Bunny Planet".
* PuppyLove: [[http://cb.pbsstatic.com/l/02/1602/9780439471602.jpg It's been implied]] [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51C3VM7DV7L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg in her books starring Yoko or Timothy that they both have a crush on each other]]. Helps that they are both best friends.
* RascallyRabbit
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Pleasantly averted in her ''Kindergators'' series, which actually features anthropomorphic alligators. Some of the children behave badly at times, but this only because they are young and still learning; none of them are actually truly mean or nasty.
* ReclusiveArtist: She has a short biography page on her official website. Not that much is know about her history behind her writing and illustrating career and the origin behind MaxAndRuby.
* SpinOffBabies: She made a few books called "Baby Max And Ruby" which shows Ruby as a young child and Max as a young baby.
* SliceOfLife
* ScienceMarchesOn: In the book "Emily's First 100 Days Of School" which has 100 pages which has events related to the number. Was the 8th page, where Emily and her the other students tell how many planets for the Solar System. Pluto is inculuded in it, this was made years before Pluto was no longer a planet.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Her 1998 book "Yoko" dealt with racism.
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals: With the exception for her books geared toward older audiences.
* SweetDreamsFuel: All of her books are like this.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: In her interview for Japan Times, Wells brought up that the first Yoko book was based on an actual event her daughters told her about a student who got made fun of because of the lunch they have.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: The characters MaxAndRuby we're based on both of her daughters.