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Rotten Ralph's rotten family, written by Jack Gantos ; illustrated by Nicole Rubel

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Rotten Ralph's rotten family
Title
Rotten Ralph's rotten family
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written by Jack Gantos ; illustrated by Nicole Rubel
Title variation
Rotten Ralphs rotten family
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Ralph takes a swing through his family tree to find out why he's so rotten"--
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Review
  • Grades 1-3 Sarah, disgusted after every cat sitter in town refuses to stay with Rotten Ralph, asks him why he’s so rotten. Ralph wonders too. He misses his doting mother and decides to return to his family, but after he arrives, all his other relatives play mean tricks on him. Mystery solved! There’s plenty to enjoy in this droll, satisfying story, from Ralph’s zany kitten/baby pictures to the unnerving scenes of a reformed Ralph cleaning up his act and his room (“he even cleaned the fish tank without eating the fish”). Expressive, wildly colorful illustrations amplify the humor. Another winner in the Rotten Ralph Rotten Readers series. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 01-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 9, p104)
  • K-Gr 2 — Ralph's fans will welcome this new addition, though the adventure rolls out in the usual way and predictably ends with the naughty feline showing a momentary display of sweetness. In this episode, Sarah has to decline a party invitation because she can't find a single cat sitter in town willing to spend time with Ralph. His reputation has impacted his best friend's life, and she sends him to his room, demanding that he change his ways. Ralph waxes nostalgic about the good old days when he lived with his own cat family. But a visit to the family farm reveals relatives just as rotten as he is and reinforces the fact that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Some readers may be perplexed by the difference between Ralph's vividly depicted childhood memories and reality. The transformation makes sense only if one assumes that the pictures in Ralph's mind are candy-coated, and this recognition may prompt some meaningful discussions about human behavior and also serve as a lesson in inference. Rubel's signature cartoon illustrations contain all the humor one could want in this latest chapter book about the incorrigible yet charismatic cat.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT --Gloria Koster (Reviewed April 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 4, p120)
  • (The following is a combined review for ROTTEN RALPH&#39 and S ROTTEN FAMILY)Just how did Rotten Ralph get so rotten? Poor, beleaguered Sarah is at her wits' end with her beloved Rotten Ralph when she cannot find a catsitter willing to care for him. Ralph, chagrined and not a little defensive, takes a trip down Memory Lane via a photo album documenting his time as a kitten with his feline family. Convinced that he sees no evidence of rottenness there (though readers may think otherwise if they examine Rubel's illustrations), he heads back to the family farm to discover how he ended up so rotten. Once there, hilarity ensues as his family (with the exception of his mother) reveals that they weren't hapless victims in his photographed hijinks. "Did you find out why you are so rotten?" Ralph's mother asks him before he gratefully heads home to Sarah. "Yes," he responds. "Because everyone was so rotten to me." Poor Ralph returns to Sarah a reformed cat and proceeds to clean his room, tidy the house and prepare her a fancy breakfast in bed. However, fans of Ralph's rotten ways needn't be concerned about this apparent transformation, as a closing line asserts that he's grateful not for some internal change, but for the knowledge that Sarah loves him enough that he can do whatever he wants. Rot on, Ralph! (Early reader. 6-8)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2014)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10300844
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gantos, Jack
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 530L
  • Decoding demand: 73 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 72 (high)
  • Syntactic demand: 82 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 86 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.G15334
LC item number
Roki 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
Reading level
3.3
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
  • Behavior
  • Families
  • Cats
  • Behavior
  • Families
Target audience
primary
Label
Rotten Ralph's rotten family, written by Jack Gantos ; illustrated by Nicole Rubel
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1009888
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
48 pages
Isbn
9780374363536
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013022076
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780374363536
Label
Rotten Ralph's rotten family, written by Jack Gantos ; illustrated by Nicole Rubel
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1009888
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
48 pages
Isbn
9780374363536
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013022076
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780374363536

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