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Not So Rotten Ralph Paperback – April 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Rotten Ralph
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395851564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395851562
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Can Mr. Fred's Feline Finishing School really expunge every trace of Ralph's unrepentant rottenness? For a few heart-stopping moments it seems so: although Ralph steadfastly resists the school's more conventional blandishments, he slips into a docile trance when Mr. Fred swings a watch back and forth before his eyes. His owner, Sarah, appalled by his impeccable but utterly bland demeanor, soon finds herself doing the unthinkable: luring Ralph into devilment by any means at hand. Depicting an inspired contest of wills between the normally notorious Ralph and his newly naughty taskmaster, this effort brims with Gantos and Rubel's characteristically and irresistibly funny details: Mr. Fred's "golden rules" prohibit meowing, hissing, burping and fun (Ralph makes a paper airplane of his copy); the pupils are admonished to keep their paws to themselves in a "self-control room" filled with enticingly fragile objects. Rubel's electrically colored, eccentrically patterned illustrations are as exuberant as ever: particularly rousing is Ralph's spiral-eyed, hypnotically vacant gaze. A cavil: there are a few errors in punctuation and diction (Sarah "awards" Ralph with a party). Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-Narrator Michael McNally's energetic reading brings to life the story by Jack Gantos (HM, 1994). Sarah, at her wit's end with her cat Ralph's rottenness, decides to send him to Mr. Fred's Feline Finishing School. By the time Ralph has finished the class, he is more zombie than cat. So, Sarah must find a way to help return Ralph to his normal rotten self. The story is enhanced with original music and sound effects. Side one includes page-turn signals (a "meow"), while side two features uninterrupted narration. Youngsters will enjoy listening to Ralph's escapades while looking at the book's detailed cartoon illustrations by Nicole Rubel. A treat for Rotten Ralph fans.
Beverly Bixler, San Antonio Public Library, TX
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Let's get to the offending line right away:

"When they got home, Sarah awarded Ralph with a celebration."

That's it. "Awarded," not "rewarded." If that's proof of our declining educational system and cannot be tolerated, skip the book. If you do, however, you'll be missing one of the funniest of the Rotten Ralph books, with a great story line by Jack Gantos, and elaborate, very creative pictures by the ultra-talented Nicole Rubel, one of my favorite illustrators. Before I get into the specifics, I offer the following teacher- and parent-friendly suggestions for "dealing" with the whole award/reward controversy.

1. Teach the difference between "award" and "reward."
2. Ask about other commonly confused words.
3. Have your students write a story with a "hidden" mistake; ask others to find it!
4. (Older students) Talk about the book publishing industry, and how and why this diction mistake might have happened.
5. Ignore it, because young kids won't notice it, and if they do, their teachers will teach them proper usage later.
6. Explain that cats do not know the word "reward," instead, they always use "award."

Rotten Ralph is a mischievous, fun-loving cat, but he's also willful, a bad listener, and a little on the destructive side. We're not talking felonious feline, just pranks like spraying whipped cream all over the kitchen, spraying the postman with water so that "the mail flew all over" (OK, that MIGHT be a federal crime), and flapping flapjacks and batter all over the kitchen. Sarah, his owner, decides that "Mr. Fred's Feline Finishing School" might teach Ralph a few social niceties.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Not so Rotten Ralph" is one of my favorite books of the series. My five year old brother laughs and laughs each time we read it! The illustrator again adds to the plot with cleaver details - tell your child to pay close attention to the pictures!
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By Susan Harper on December 31, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Is a good book for kids and really funny! My 9 year old daughter enjoyed this book! Can't wait to read more about Ralph.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Megan Cooke on June 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book would be endurable without the text. The low point is on page 24 when "Sarah awarded Ralph with a celebration." The text should read, of course, Sarah rewarded Ralph with a celebration. This glaring error should have been caught by a reasonably capable editor, so perhaps this book was published without being proofread...or perhaps it was published without having been read at all. Sloppy grammar and uninspired story-construction are all too common in fiction, especially children's books, and this insipid story is an egregious example of irresponsible book publishing.
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