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The Resource Practice makes perfect for Rotten Ralph, written by Jack Gantos ; illustrated by Nicole Rubel

Practice makes perfect for Rotten Ralph, written by Jack Gantos ; illustrated by Nicole Rubel

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Practice makes perfect for Rotten Ralph
Title
Practice makes perfect for Rotten Ralph
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written by Jack Gantos ; illustrated by Nicole Rubel
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When he goes to a carnival with Sarah and his cousin Percy, Rotten Ralph learns that winning is not everything
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Review
  • Gr. 1-3. Sarah and Rotten Ralph head to the carnival and learn lessons about honesty in this latest episode. They are joined by cousin Percy, an overachieving orange tabby, who, much to Ralph’s disdain, has been practicing dart throwing and baseball tossing. When Percy wins prizes for Sarah, Ralph is jealous, and tired of losing, he gives himself “sneaky help when nobody is looking.” Cheating at all the games, he wins an armload of toys for Sarah, who promptly suspects foul play. Ralph returns each prize, learns his lesson, and gets praise from Sarah: “Oh Ralphie. You don’t need any practice at being my winner.” Fans of the series will enjoy the story’s humor, real emotions, and silly cat-inspired wordplay (cousin Percy styles his fur with “mouse mousse”). And as always, Rubel’s bright, clear illustrations nicely extend all the fun. Another solid entry in the Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader chapter book series. (Reviewed March 1, 2002) -- Gillian Engberg
  • PreS-Gr 2–Themes of jealousy, boasting, cheating, and getting one's comeuppance are all touched on in this second book in the easy-reader series. When the carnival comes to town, Sarah, Ralph, and his cousin Percy are excited to attend. Percy has been practicing his skills so that he can win prizes, and win he does, much to Ralph's chagrin. The feline's jealousy and frustration lead him to gather prizes through unorthodox (and unethical) means until Sarah makes him do the right thing. The four-chapter adventure is illustrated with the familiar, brightly colored pictures that Rotten Ralph's fans have enjoyed for years. Though he is a troublesome cat, readers know that somehow he will learn a lesson and that Sarah will love him no matter what. An enjoyable addition to any beginning-reader collection.–Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (Reviewed March 1, 2002) (School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 3, p187)
  • Several stars of early readers return for more adventures. Let loose at the carnival, the star of Practice Makes Perfect for Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos, illus. by Nicole Rubel, tries to outplay Cousin Percy and impress Sarah, his owner. The hero resorts to cheating, but, by the end of this Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader, he repents, returns his ill-gotten booty and wins a prize the right way. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
  • Gantos brings back that rascally red Rotten Ralph for the second entry in the Rotten Ralph Rotten Readers series (Rotten Ralph Helps Out, 2001). This time, the irrepressible, irresponsible Ralph and his owner, Sally, are joined by Ralph's tiger-striped, supremely confident cousin Percy for a trip to a carnival and its midway full of familiar games of chance. To Rotten Ralph's chagrin, the perfect Percy wins all the carnival games (he practiced), and Ralph finally resorts to cheating so he can win some prizes, too. Ralph gets his comeuppance, of course, as he always does, and he has to return his ill-gotten gains and suffer some mild consequences before finally winning the last game of the day fair and square. (And guess who ends up in the dunk tank.) Gantos has a winning formula with this transitional easy reader series: a funny, somewhat "naughty" character; amusing art in a recognizable style; and a worthwhile little lesson that both kids and adults will appreciate. (This is just the title to recommend to teachers who want a story that will nip cheating in the bud.) Though this plot is not as innovative as the first entry in the series, Ralph has his own special niche in the world of children's literature, and now on the easy-reader shelves, too. And of course, he'll be back for more of these delightful readers—because practice makes perfect. (Easy reader. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2002)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
117795
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gantos, Jack
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 580L
  • Decoding demand: 68 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 85 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 80 (high)
  • Structure demand: 83 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 3
Reading level
3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Rubel, Nicole
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Rotten Ralph Rotten readers
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cats
  • Carnivals
  • Cheating
Target audience
primary
Label
Practice makes perfect for Rotten Ralph, written by Jack Gantos ; illustrated by Nicole Rubel
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
422877
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
46 pages
Isbn
9780374363567
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Lccn
2001023925
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374363567
  • (Sirsi) ADE-6519
Label
Practice makes perfect for Rotten Ralph, written by Jack Gantos ; illustrated by Nicole Rubel
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
422877
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
46 pages
Isbn
9780374363567
Isbn Type
(hc.)
Lccn
2001023925
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374363567
  • (Sirsi) ADE-6519

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