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Three strikes for Rotten Ralph, written by Jack Gantos ; illustrated by Nicole Rubel

Label
Three strikes for Rotten Ralph
Title
Three strikes for Rotten Ralph
Statement of responsibility
written by Jack Gantos ; illustrated by Nicole Rubel
Title variation
3 strikes for Rotten Ralph
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Rotten Ralph, the cat, fails to win a spot on a baseball team with his friend Sarah, he becomes the "cat boy" instead, still dreaming of proving himself the superstar he imagines himself to be
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Review
  • Grades 1-3 Preparing for baseball tryouts, Sarah encourages her incorrigible cat, Rotten Ralph, to practice his skills, too. But during tryouts, Ralph gets beaned as he daydreams about superstardom and cheering fans. Chosen as the bat boy, his one chance to play in a game results in a comic disaster. This colorful volume from the Rotten Ralph Rotten Reader series counterbalances Sarah’s good advice and experiences with Ralph’s bad attitude and results. A quirky but warmhearted baseball story that will amuse young readers, sports fans or not. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 02-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 12, p76)
  • Gr 1 – 3 — Rotten Ralph has his future planned out. He's designed his own baseball card, embellished his uniform with the words Superstar #1, and practiced how he'll sign autographs and give interviews with the media. He hasn't worked on his hitting, throwing, or running skills though. After tryouts, Ralph's owner, Sarah, makes the team, but Ralph is designated the new "cat boy." His duties include washing socks and sweeping the dugout. During the season, he is given different responsibilities, but his dreams of stardom never materialize. Ralph's antics on and off the baseball field may seem rotten to some, but he manages to remain a superstar in Sarah's eyes. There is never a dull moment in this colorful and appealing early reader.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada --Tanya Boudreau (Reviewed January 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 1, p76)
  • In this early reader, Ralph, the storied tomato-red cat with a jack-o-lantern grin, has home run aspirations. But when it's time for tryouts, Ralph is too focused on being a "superstar" to listen to his owner Sarah's advice. Though Sarah makes the Fighting Squirrels and Ralph doesn't, he becomes the team's "cat boy," giving him a chance to hone his skills. Busy daydreaming and practicing his autograph, Ralph doesn't bother practicing, and when he fills in for a sick player, his overconfidence results in a belly flop. Gantos and Rubel offer easy reading, funny pictures, and an accessible lesson about humility and hard work—sprinkled with some legit baseball pointers. Ages 6–8. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed January 24, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 04, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
384529
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gantos, Jack
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 005-008
  • 500L
  • Decoding demand: 68 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 84 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 72 (high)
  • Structure demand: 86 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.G15334
LC item number
Thr 2011
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
  • Rotten Ralph (Fictitious character)
  • Baseball stories
  • Cats
  • Teamwork (Sports)
  • Rotten Ralph (Fictitious character)
  • Baseball
  • Cats
  • Teamwork (Sports)
Target audience
primary
Label
Three strikes for Rotten Ralph, written by Jack Gantos ; illustrated by Nicole Rubel
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Rotten Ralph rotten reader"--Jacket
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
807837
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
47 pages
Isbn
9780374363543
Lccn
2009046091
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780374363543
Label
Three strikes for Rotten Ralph, written by Jack Gantos ; illustrated by Nicole Rubel
Publication
Note
"A Rotten Ralph rotten reader"--Jacket
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
807837
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
47 pages
Isbn
9780374363543
Lccn
2009046091
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780374363543

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