From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K-In their latest adventure, Sarah is heading off to school and that rotten rascal Ralph does not want to be left behind. With the mannerisms of a younger sibling, the cat jealously contrives to keep the girl at home with childish pranks and ploys. When Sarah, who has an adultlike ability to see through his antics, continues on to school determined to make new friends, that devilish red feline disguises himself and follows her. He thwarts her every effort to make friends until his pranks backfire. From start to finish, Ralph's dual personality is evident as he alternates between being a loving, helpful pet and a gleefully mischievous cat. As in previous titles about this pair, Sarah continues to love Ralph despite his bad behavior. "I made a lot of new friends today. But you'll always be at the top of my list." Large-print text along with entertaining pictures invite children to enjoy another milestone in Sarah and Ralph's lives. The vibrantly colored artwork, filled with humorous details, will endear this comical cat to pet lovers everywhere.
Kit Vaughan, J. B. Watkins Elementary School, Midlothian, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 4^-8. When Sarah starts school in the fall, her famously rotten feline, Ralph, is left at home, all alone by the telephone. But not for long! The rotten--and wily--one has a plan: with the aid of a disguise, HE will become Sarah's new school friend. But with friends like Ralph, who needs enemies? As Sarah tells her teacher, with masterful understatement, "I've had a difficult day." But even Ralph can come a cropper, and despite his jealous efforts to keep her to himself, Sarah at last manages to make lots of new friends. Does that mean there's no room left in her heart for Ralph? Let's just say that even rotten cats can hope for happy endings. Gantos and Rubel have collaborated to create another wickedly funny adventure about a cat so rambunctiously rotten that you've just gotta love him. Michael Cart
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