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 Max and Ruby
and Timothy Goes to School
. 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 newest series, about a group of young alligators, is called Kindergators
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
She was also involved in the production of the Max & Ruby
Tropes often featured in Wells's works include:
- An Aesop: Though not always
- Animated Adaptation: Those that haven't been made into television series have often been adapted as read aloud storybooks for home video, sometimes with animation.
- Carnivore Confusion: 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.
- Every Episode Ending: 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!"
- Fantastic Racism: Used in Yoko, in which the titular character, a Japanese kitten, is ostracized for eating sushi at lunch.
- Funny Animal or Talking Animal
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal
- Invisible Parents
- Mouse World: Often with rabbits
- Rascally Rabbit
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: 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.
- Slice of Life